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Armenia marks emotional centenary of Ottoman massacres

People take part in a torchlight procession in Yerevan on April 24, 2015 marking the centenary of the massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forcesThe leaders of France and Russia joined ceremonies marking the centenary of the massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces, a hugely emotional event that remains a diplomatic minefield. During a commemoration at a hilltop memorial in the Armenian capital Yerevan, French President Francois Hollande urged modern day Turkey to recognise the massacre as genocide, saying he bowed in memory of the victims. “Important words have already been said in Turkey, but others are still expected, so that shared grief can become shared destiny,” Hollande told an audience that also included the leaders of Cyprus and Serbia and delegates from some 60 countries. President Vladimir Putin said Russia stood shoulder to shoulder with ex-Soviet Armenia, one of Moscow’s closest allies.

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