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Armenia Marks Genocide Remembrance Day

People carry torches to mark the 97th anniversary of the genocide of their kin by Ottoman Turks during World War I in central Yerevan on April 23.
People carry torches to mark the 97th anniversary of the genocide of their kin by Ottoman Turks during World War I in central Yerevan on April 23.
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By RFE/RL
Armenia has been marking Genocide Remembrance Day in honor of the estimated 1.5 million Armenians killed by Ottoman Turks 95 years ago.

Thousands of people turned out late on April 23 in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, at the Monument to the Victims of Armenian Genocide.

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian and other high-ranking officials laid flowers at the memorial on April 24, the official remembrance day.

In his message, Sarkisian described the anniversary as a day of national mourning. The president said: "Nothing that was lost has been forgotten. We are not those who forgot their roots, we are Armenia."

The genocide is contested by the government of neighboring Turkey.

Ankara denies that some 1.5 million Armenians were massacred by the Ottoman Turks in 1915-18, and successive Turkish governments have said that Armenians died in much smaller numbers and because of civil strife, rather than a premeditated Ottoman government effort to annihilate a Christian minority.

The dispute has blocked Turkey and Armenia from establishing diplomatic relations, even though the two countries share a 330-kilometer-long border.

'Time To Move Forward'

Armenians mark April 24 as the start of the Ottoman campaign targeting ethnic Armenians. Armenians say hundreds of intellectuals, who were citizens of the Ottoman Empire, were rounded up in Istanbul on April 24, 1915, and sent into exile, where most were killed.

In the April 23 commemoration, several thousand people took part in a torchlight procession from the center of Yerevan to the memorial.

Such processions have been held in Yerevan annually since 2000. Their organizer is the Youth Union of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutiun).

A leader of the Youth Union, Maria Titizian, said such commemorations were held to ensure that the genocide is not forgotten.

"This is not a day full of hatred; it is not a day where we ask for revenge," Titizian said.

"What we are asking, if you listen to what they are saying, they are asking for recognition [of genocide], because four or five generations after the genocide, the perpetrators of genocide continue to deny it, which is the final stage of genocide itself."

Titizian added that recognition of the mass killing of Armenians as genocide is important for both Armenia and Turkey.

"In order for our societies, both Armenians and Turks, to move forward, we need to come to grips with our past," she said. "Turkey needs to reconcile itself with its past in order for our countries to move together in peace."

Ceremony In Istanbul

On April 22, hundreds of Turkish activists rallied in downtown Istanbul to remember the victims of the mass killing of Armenians.

The activists gathered in the city's central Taksim Square and silently lit candles, holding red carnations to the accompaniment of melancholy Armenian music played through loudspeakers. They then laid the flowers on a banner saying, "This pain is our pain."

Also on April 22, several dozen Turkish intellectuals gathered outside an Istanbul museum that served as a prison for Armenians rounded up in 1915.

It was the second public commemoration of the genocide anniversary ever held in Turkey's largest city to challenge the Turkish government's stance on the events. The first such gatherings in April 2010 drew a considerably smaller crowd.

With reporting by Reuters, Interfax, ITAR-TASS, and RFE/RL's Armenian Service
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by: Jack from: US
April 25, 2012 01:55
US government supports murderous Muslim Turkey in its blockade against Christian Armenia. US government still does not want to recognize Armenian genocide by Turks, because US government is a friend and ally of Wahhabi Sunnis - Turks, Saudis, Pakistanis
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by: Analyst from: UK
April 25, 2012 11:43
Jack, your post is very biased and one sided. There are usually at least two sides to every story. Also, why are you trying to paint this as a religious issue?

Nevertheless, need to consider the facts that 1) Armenia supports NATO's No.1 enemy i.e. Iran and 2) Armenia is in breach of 4 UN resolutions. Why would any Western/NATO country support Armenia? It has nothing to offer in terms of resources and its only strong point is a large Diaspora and political lobbying parties. Other than that, it’s a corrupt, bankrupt state with no prospects of improvement because it has angered most of its neighbors over a long period of time and the neighbors (Georgia, Turkey and Azerbaijan) have no reason to play ball with Armenia as it is aggressive and offensive in its political dealings with said states. Unless Armenia changes its policies, it’s a no-win situation for them, past 20 years have shown this. Only reason this country has not totally collapsed yet is that it is being militarily and economically supported by Russia, which allows Russia some strategic advantage in the region.
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by: Sey from: World
April 25, 2012 15:29
You know what Armenia has to offer Analyst? Strategic control over the region, and that's exactly why Russia keeps Armenia under tight control.

If we look at this, why Georgia, which has few natural resources and zero international political leverage, is important? Because having it under NATO control is a weapon against Russia. At the same time, Russia's control over Armenia is a weapon against NATO. So as you can see, Armenia has political importance.

Besides, your choice of words are exactly the same ones used by Turks, so 1) You're Turk/Azerbaijani or 2) You're a Turkophile. So I guess this does not give you credit in bashing Jack for being "biased".


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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
April 25, 2012 17:59
Dear MIT `analyst` from `UK`-the point about Genocide is a moral one -and this is something Chenghiz khan `minds` like you can never understand.So Armenia is offensive and aggressive to its neighbours who have killed millions of its folk and grabbed large parts of its land?-your analysis is very crooked and shows the turkish origin of your perverted `mind`-in fact it is proverbial for your ilk who have given the world the idiom of ` talking turkey`.You may bla bla blah your 1001 night stories to today`s Harun-al-Rashid-Israel and the USA,but finally you will get what you did to others from your sponsors which is what Harun intended to do with his story teller because your stories are getting worse and worse and the only thing for you to do is to fall on your knees,the way you fall in front of your puppet master,repent and ask Allah forgiveness-Allah is great and he will forgive those nearest to his heart-his allahtans.
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by: Alex from: LA
April 25, 2012 18:27
Hey Turk Analyst, from UK that deal only with wealthy.

1) Problem was relgious, ethnic, and land grab by turks to have borders with azeristan(tatarstan), iran and georgia.
2)Georgians hate Armenians and so do Turks on either side.
3) About Armenian doing business with Iran, US doesn't business with state that breed terrorist, go chew on that.
4) 700 years of turkish rule and then genocide and 97 years of denial, only an idiot would understand what that does to a ethnicity.
5) You have no right to judge, especially when you helped them steal Armenian Lands throw diplomacy.
6) UK should look at its crimes it committed against humanity.
7)We wanted to get our lands back so we can save what's left of it before they destroy it all.
8) Turks invaded CYprus remember that how about that for a breach of bs double standards of UN.

UN is for sucker nation to oblige and for those in power to violate how they want to. Turks claim to be civilized, they were nomads and they still got that same mentality. Turks didn't know what civilized meant, or what a city or town was until they came to Persian Empire. They are still nomads in their soul that think they are civil, at least by their actions.

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