Armenian-Americans march in LA to seek genocide recognition
18:07, Apr 25, 2017
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Turkey has disputed the figure and denied the genocide, blaming the deaths on wartime fighting.
Schiff, who wore a purple "March for Justice" T-shirt chastised the current and past presidents for not speaking out against the Turkish government and recognizing the genocide. What is common in both countries is that their people focus on the wording used by the world leaders - particularly that of U.S. President Donald Trump - to describe the incidents.
Turkey is a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally and in President Trump's message this morning, Hovsepian said he did not label the 102-year-old atrocity as a genocide but instead used an Armenian word nobody understands.
Within a short span Turkey's millennia-old Armenian community was essentially wiped out from its historic homeland with survivors scattered around Diaspora communities in the Middle East, Europe, North and South America.
Obama failed to follow through on his promise year after year of his presidency. "If one person saw the trailer and said to themselves, 'I'm going to research the events surrounding the Armenian Genocide, ' then it was certainly worth the effort".
Eric Weitz, a history professor at the City College of NY and an expert on the Armenian genocide, called Akcam "the Sherlock Holmes of Armenian genocide". Other nations are Russia, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, 43 USA states.
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"He called it a great catastrophe", Hovsepian said.
Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also avoided the term "genocide" after pledging during their campaigns to recognize it as such.
Unlike some others, however, Obama pledged unambiguously while campaigning for the presidency to call the episode a genocide. Starting with the title - this is an "Armenian Remembrance Day" statement.
The coded telegram was a request for information sent by a senior Ottoman official about the deportation and murder of Armenians in eastern Anatolia.
"Almost every Armenian-American family was touched in some way by the genocide", Power said. "Ongoing Turkish denial makes the genocide an open wound".
The U.S. first recognized the Armenian Genocide in 1951 through a filing which was included in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Report titled: "Reservations to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide".
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