Torchlight march to mark massacre starts in Armenian capital

April 24 is the day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide. Obama continues to avoid referring to the destruction of the Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in 1915 as "genocide", employing the Armenian term "Meds Yeghern" instead. U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement on April 23 after the Administration failed to call the massacres of Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish government genocide.

The expert also said that Turkey's denial of the Genocide and the direct sponsorship of terrorism showed the world that "genocidal mentality continues to be prevalent in the political elite of that country during 100 years". To deny genocide, on the other hand, is profane. In a January 19, 2008, statement he wrote: "The facts are undeniable".

But it also breaks a 2008 campaign promise, when he said the "the Armenian genocide is not an allegation ... but rather a widely documented fact".

President Obama on Friday marked the anniversary of the Ottoman Turks' massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915, but once again stopped short of labeling it a genocide. The modern Turkish government has famously scoffed at the truth of this historical event, despite a century of scholarship and eyewitness accounts.

Armenian-American organizations and human-rights groups have long pressed Obama to call it a genocide as president, to no avail. We recall the thousands of Armenian refugees who decades ago began new lives in the United States, forming a community that has enormously advanced the vitality of this nation and risen to prominence and distinction across a wide range of endeavors.

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