Armenia marks massacre by Ottoman Turks 103 years ago

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Turkey denies the killings were genocide and contends those who died were victims of civil war and unrest. Despite Turkey's efforts to obstruct progress toward a truthful and just worldwide resolution of this crime, numerous countries and global organizations, including Canada have recognized the events of 1915 as nothing but a genocide.

"I am here today on behalf of the US people to remember and commemorate all those who lost their lives in one of the great atrocities of the 20th century", he told reporters at the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex. Through recognition of the Armenian Genocide we pay tribute to the perseverance and determination of those who survived, as well as to the Americans of Armenian descent who continue to strengthen our country to this day.

April 24 at the same time reminds us about our greatest losses and the fact how firm, unbending and vital we are.

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Now Armenia is among the forerunners of the struggle against genocides. Forty eight US states have recognized the Armenian Genocide through resolution or proclamation. The marches mark the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian genocide, which claimed as many as 1.5 million Armenian lives under the Ottoman Turkish government.

The Turkish president offered condolences to the families of Ottoman Armenians who lost their lives during the 1915 events.

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The statement also called on the Armenian community to not allow those "who are trying to ignite hatred and hostility by distorting [our] shared past", Daily Sabah reported.

"We also want to remember all those who helped victims, all those who helped rebuild Armenian civilization and culture".

"Today we show the world that despite difficulties and unresolved domestic issues we are together and united", said Karapetyan.

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