Saturday, April 25, 2009

Obama: not saying genocide

Reuters reports Turkish objections to Obama's statement on commemorations of the 1915 killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks. In the light of our earlier post, this bit is interesting:
When he was running for president, Obama, who took office in January, described the killings of Armenians as genocide. But on Friday, in a bid not to upset ties with Turkey, he referred to them as "atrocities."

That earlier post of ours puts discusses the significance of omitting the word "genocide". Robert Fisk's response to this should be worth reading.

The LA Times has the full text of the President's statement.

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