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Armenian president accuses Turkey of genocide denial

Armenia’s president has accused Turkey of an «utter denial» in failing to recognise the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman empire during the first world war as genocide.
    On Wednesday the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,offered condolences over the massacres, calling them «our shared pain». The US hailed the move as historic.
   But in a statement on Thursday marking the 99th anniversary of the start of the killings and mass deportations, President Serzh Sarkisian made no acknowledgement of Erdogan’s statement and instead accused Turkey of continuing to ignore the facts.
«The Armenian genocide … is alive as far as the successor of the Ottoman Turkey continues its policy of utter denial,» he said. «The denial of a crime constitutes the direct continuation of that very crime. Only recognition and condemnation can prevent the repetition of such crimes in the future.»
   He said the looming 100th anniversary offered «Turkey a good chance to repent and to set aside t…

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