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Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan (3rd R) and Armenian Apostolic Church leader, Catholicos Garegin II (3rd L), lay flowers at the ‘genocide’ monument. AFP photo

Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan (3rd R) and Armenian Apostolic Church leader, Catholicos Garegin II (3rd L), lay flowers at the ‘genocide’ monument. AFP photo

Turkey expressed “deep regret” over United States President Barrack Obama’s April 24 statement on the Armenian massacres, saying that it was “extremely problematic and distorting historical facts.”

A foreign ministry statement said that Obama “once again demonstrated a baseless approach reflecting the Armenian views regarding the dispute between Turks and Armenians on the painful part of their common history.” It cautioned that such “one-sided statements are not only misguided, but also make the normalization of Turkey and Armenia relations difficult” and called on Washington “to encourage the Armenian side, which avoids mutual historical research, to be more realistic and conciliatory.”

Ankara made a similar statement last year after Obama, heeding previous U.S. presidents, avoided the “genocide” word in his statement, while calling the killings a “great disaster” (Meds Yeghern), The foreign ministry also denounced French President Nicolas Sarkozy and presidential candidate François Hollande for attending “genocide” commemoration ceremonies in Paris, stressing that the two had “displayed another example of politically exploiting disputed historical issues.”

April/26/2012

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Murat

4/26/2012 4:02:59 PM

Turkish archives have been open for decades and myths remain myths. This was never about facts. It is a medieval blood feud. What is not open are Russian, British and Armenian archives.

turkic voice

4/26/2012 1:48:13 PM

wear is the Armenian evidence that Turks killed 1500000 ? still waiting

Cagan cagan90

4/26/2012 11:49:14 AM

Guys, first of all read the history and then make comments. Armenians killed many Azeri and also Turkish people during the world war one, because of their dream of having Big Armenia. Do you guys know about how many Azeri muslims were killed by them?

V Tiger

4/26/2012 10:49:51 AM

Let Turkey open its ATASE military archives first

Jonathan Kaeppeler

4/26/2012 12:53:27 AM

The only 'regret' the Turkish Prime Minister should have is regret that his country and himself does not recognize a historical fact: the Armenian Genocide.

rich bind

4/26/2012 12:20:24 AM

The Turkish government has insulted almost every world leader at one time or another over the past few years, so why not diss the US president too. Iran, Iraq, Syria, France, Greece, Cyprus, Israel, -- the list goes on and on.
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