Armenian, Turks Protest in Washington Marking 103rd 'Armenian Genocide'

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On the commemoration of the 1915 events of World War I, President Erdogan says Turkey will continue to find solutions to the problems of the country's ethnic Armenian citizens.

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"And that is what the US government is working for - to try to achieve the acknowledgment of the past".

Along with Turkish and Azerbaijani residents of Washington D.C. and nearby states, prominent Turkish leaders such as Halil Mutlu, executive director of the Turkish American National Steering Committee, Turkish American attorney Gunay Evinc, directors of the Diyanet Center of America and Turkish Ambassador to the U.S. Serdar Kilic also participated in the demonstration.

On the heels of a political shake-up in the country, Armenians commemorated a massacre of their people on Tuesday.

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Erdogan has issued a statement on the Armenian genocide every year on April 24 since 2014. At the same time for the last more than one century after 1915 Genocide is a period of remembrance and inflexibility which shows our people, documenting that it is impossible to win us even with Genocide.

Armenians worldwide hold annual commemorations on April 24 marking the mass killings, which remain a diplomatic minefield amid a lack of global consensus over Armenia's bid to get the deaths recognized internationally as a genocide. Forty eight USA states have recognized the Armenian Genocide through resolution or proclamation. Today, it is required from the global community not only to be indifferent, but also to take preventive and punitive measures towards all those, in the basis of whose psychology, way of thinking and activity there is hatred towards others, in whose conscience as a state or individual, the denialism towards Armenian Genocide remains ruling.

US President Donald Trump once again declined to call the events of 1915 a "genocide", the US media reported citing the official statement of the White House.

"We note with deep respect the resilience of the Armenian people, so many of whom built new lives in the United States and have made countless contributions to our country", he added. We underscore the importance of acknowledging and reckoning with painful elements of the past as a necessary step towards creating a more tolerant future.

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