Time for int'l recognition - Henrikh Mkhitaryan on Armenian Genocide

Frederick Owens
April 25, 2018

Turkey has refused to recognize the killings of 1.5 million Armenians beginning in 1915 as a genocide. LAPD officials said all streets affected by the march will be closed from 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. Forty-eight of our USA states have recognized the Armenian Genocide, as have a dozen of our North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies - including France and Germany, the European Union, and, of course, Pope Francis.

On the commemoration of the 1915 events of World War I, President Erdogan says Turkey will continue to find solutions to the problems of the country's ethnic Armenian citizens.

. Los Angeles police said all of the affected streets will be closed from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m. MORE: SoCal Armenian community marks genocide anniversary The second event, the annual March for Justice, began at Pan Pacific Park in the Fairfax District shortly after noon.

The use of the term "genocide" as it relates to the Armenian killings has always been a hot-button issue.

Last week, one hundred and two U.S. Representatives - including the Chairmen of the House Foreign Affairs and Intelligence Committees - called on President Donald Trump to reject Turkey's gag-rule by honestly and accurately commemorating the Armenian Genocide this April 24th.

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"Between 1915 and 1923, Armenians were subjected to torture, starvation, mass murder and exile from their historic homeland", according to the proclamation. "In light of current developments in Turkey, it's now more important than ever that the US administration commemorate the tragic genocide of the Armenian people".

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors honored members of the Armenian community as part of the county's Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

The Armenian genocide was recognized by dozens of countries.

Supervisor Hilda Solis said recalling the atrocities suffered would help "prevent such horrific events from ever occurring again". "While Washington continues to accept Turkey's' century of denial and Azeri aggression toward Artsakh I am proud of California's efforts to lead by example and annually recognize the Armenian Genocide and expose and condemn civil rights abuses perpetrated against the Armenian people", commented Senator Anthony Portantino.

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