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Obama again avoids calling 1915 Armenian killings 'genocide'

Obama again avoids calling 1915 Armenian killings 'genocide' ahead of 100th anniversary

Obama again avoids calling 1915 Armenian killings 'genocide'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is again stopping short of calling the 1915 massacre of Armenians a genocide.

Top administration officials met with Armenian-American leaders Tuesday. The White House says the officials pledged that the U.S. would use the 100th anniversary of the killings "to urge a full, frank and just acknowledgement of the facts."

The White House statement does not use the word genocide.

Historians estimate up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks, an event widely viewed by scholars as a genocide. Turkey denies that the deaths constituted genocide and say the death toll has been inflated.

Obama has avoided using the term since becoming president given the importance of Turkey as an ally.

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will attend a ceremony in Armenia Friday making the anniversary.


Updated : 2021-09-26 07:31 GMT+08:00