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John McCain: we should condemn Armenian Genocide but look into the future

PanARMENIAN.Net - Republican presidential ex-candidate, U.S. Senator John McCain characterized the Armenian Genocide as an important issue.



"We must condemn the Genocide, but on the other hand, we must look to the future. Nobody can blame the present-day Turkey for the Armenian Genocide," he said 



"Of course, the Genocide issue is important but Turkey is our partner and ally and we need its support in combating the Islamic movement," the senator said, adding that democracy is gradually evolving in Turkey, Haberturk.com reported. 
The Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide (1915-23) was the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was characterized by massacres and deportations, involving forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees, with the total number of deaths reaching 1.5 million.

The majority of Armenian Diaspora communities were formed by the Genocide survivors.

Present-day Turkey denies the fact of the Armenian Genocide, justifying the atrocities as “deportation to secure Armenians”. Only a few Turkish intellectuals, including Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and scholar Taner Akcam, speak openly about the necessity to recognize this crime against humanity.

The Armenian Genocide was recognized by Uruguay, Russia, France, Lithuania, Italy, 45 U.S. states, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Argentina, Belgium, Austria, Wales, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, the Vatican, Luxembourg, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Sweden, Venezuela, Slovakia, Syria, Vatican, as well as the European Parliament and the World Council of Churches.

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