Obama again won't call Armenian deaths 'genocide'
The Associated Press
Lebanese Armenian protesters hold a banner against Turkey as they march to mark the 97th anniversary of massacres in Turkey that began in April 1915 and in which hundreds of thousands of Armenians died, in front the Turkish embassy, in Rabiyeh area north of Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Armenian communities around the world mark the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians, on April 24 each year with marches, vigils and rallies to demand recognition from the world community, and reparations from Turkey. Turkey claims the number of deaths is inflated and says the victims were killed in civil unrest.
As a candidate for president, Obama vowed to recognize the genocide once in office.
Since his election, however, Obama has not used the word in the face of furious resistance from Turkey, a vital NATO ally.
Most historians see the killings as the first genocide of the 20th century. They estimate that about 1.5 million Armenians died. However, Turkish leaders long have rejected the term.
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