France dedicates first Armenian genocide commemorations

France dedicates first Armenian genocide commemorations

Organizers said the event is staged "to demand justice for the Armenian Genocide" by "bringing Armenian demands directly to Turkey's official government representative in Los Angeles".

Troops from the Ottoman Empire - which preceded modern-day Turkey - were responsible for massacres and forced deportations of Armenians from 1915, but Turkey has always denied that the killings amounted to genocide.

This came after French President Emmanuel Macron signed a decision setting April 24 as a day of annual commemoration - a promise he made in his 2017 presidential campaign.

The countries and global bodies that recognize the killings as genocide include Russia, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, Poland, and the European Parliament, and some countries outlaw "Armenian genocide" denial.

Tens of thousands of people descended on Hollywood and Mid-City Wednesday in two separate marches to mark the 104th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

"It will not be impressed by any lies, by any pressure, what we are looking for is historical accuracy and reconciliation", he said.

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Earlier this month, Turkey condemned separate decisions by France and Italy to officially recognise the mass killings of Armenians as a genocide. "France intends to contribute to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide as a crime against humanity, against civilization".

That drew a furious response from Erdogan at the time - he called Macron a "political novice" - and the Turkish leader denounced the commemoration day again on Wednesday in a televised speech.

French MP Jacques Marilossian, a member of Macron's party, said in a TV interview: "We should find a way to tell them we are not blaming Turkey for that [the massacres]". "Beginning in 1915, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the Ottoman Empire".

Despite calls by some legislators - most notably Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank - for the federal government to formally recognize the genocide, USA presidents have long refused to do so.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump issued a statement saying: "Today, we. honor the memory of those who suffered in one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century".

"If anybody sends us a statement - in this case, both the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader - and to not properly characterise the events as genocide, we don't read those statements".

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