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Obama Calls Armenian Mass Killings a Tragedy


 The US President offered euphemisms and evasive terminology to characterize this crime against humanity: ANCA Statement.


Tehran, April 25, 2010 (Hamsayeh.Net) - US President Obama issuing a statement on the 95th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks refrained from labeling this historic event as ’genocide’.


The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) said the US President has made yet another disgraceful blunder in the face of Turkish threats … offering euphemisms and evasive terminology to characterize this crime against humanity. ‘President Obama faced a stark choice: to honor his commitment to recognize the Armenian Genocide or to remain an accomplice to Turkey’s denial of truth and justice for this crime,’ ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian said in a statement.


In his announcement published by the White House, the US President said, ’I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915, and my view of that history has not changed. It’s in all of our interest to see the achievement of a full, frank and just acknowledgement of the facts.’


Obama described the Armenian tragedy as a devastating chapter in the history of the Armenian people and urged to keep its memory alive in honor of those who were murdered so that we do not see again a repeat of those grave mistakes.


Also in the US, the Turkish Coalition of America issued a statement on the occasion. It said, ‘Where does the ethnic cleansing of Ottoman Turks from the Balkans, Eastern Turkey and Caucasus with 5 million lost and 5.5 million refugees come on the President’s list of ‘worst atrocities of the 20th century?’ Do they deserve at least an annual presidential remembrance from him, as he dutifully makes on this occasion every years?’


The Turkish Coalition of America also recognizes the Armenian suffering and respect to those who lost their lives during the tragedy. It called on all humanity to place such tragedies in their proper historical context.





Deportations consisting of forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees. The total number of resulting Armenian deaths is generally

held to have been between one and one and a half million. Other ethnic groups were similarly attacked by the Ottoman Empire during this period, including some   Assyrians and Greeks, and scholars consider those events to be part of the same

policy of extermination.


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