Erdogan offers condolences to Armenian community "over 1915 events"

Ankara offers condolences to families of victims of 1915 events

Turkey has repeatedly insisted that the murders of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire were merely a casualty of World War I and not targeted specifically at the ethnic population. Trump recalled that in the last years of the Ottoman Empire in its territory were killed 1.5 million Armenians.

The Turkish president offered condolences to the families of Ottoman Armenians who lost their lives during the 1915 events. Turkey says the deaths were a part of the First World War and many Turks also died.

Protest leader Nikol Pashinyan was expected to lead supporters to the memorial later Tuesday.

The event came just after major protests led to the shock resignation of Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian, following eleven days of protests against his rule. "We oridam from the USA administration truthful evaluation period, which brought untold suffering to all inhabitants of the Ottoman Empire", - said in a statement the foreign Ministry. Thus, keeping always bright the memory of the Armenian Genocide victims, we should have stronger Armenia, secure Artsakh and consolidated Diaspora for reliable and bright future. 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.

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The ceremony in question took place on 24 April in Istanbul.

Turkey has declined to recognise Armenia's claims and has angrily reacted to any such moves by its allies.

The U.S. first recognized the Armenian Genocide in 1951 through a filing which was included in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Report titled: "Reservations to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide". In January Armenia withdrew from a deal to normalise relations, signed in 2009 but unratified by either country.

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