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Armenian massacre: 100 years on

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 00:55

Armenia mourns the massacre of 1.5 million people by Ottoman Turks a century ago. Paul Chapman reports.

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It's been a hundred years since Ottoman Turks massacred 1.5 million Armenians but the wounds are still raw. This year's centennial commemorations in Yerevan, the Armenian capital, drew an international gathering. Delegates included the presidents of Russia, France, Serbia and Cyprus. Armenia wants the bloodshed recognised internationally as genocide. Most Western experts and two dozen governments have done so. Germany's president on Thursday became the latest to use the term despite the Berlin government's long-standing rejection of it. Others, including the United States, have refused to go so far. Turkey insists the deaths weren't part of an organised campaign to wipe out the Armenians and there's no evidence of any such orders from Ottoman authorities.

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Armenian massacre: 100 years on

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 00:55