US, EU welcome Turkish PM’s “condolences” to Armenians

Washington has welcomed a statement released by the Turkish prime minister on April 23 in which he offered condolences to the descendants of Armenians killed during World War I.

“We welcome Prime Minister Erdoğan’s historic public acknowledgement of the suffering that Armenians experienced in 1915,” said Jen Psaki, the U.S. State Department spokeswoman.

“We believe this is a positive indication that there can be a full, frank and just acknowledgement of the facts, which we hope will advance the cause of reconciliation between Turks and Armenians,” she said.

European Union Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Füle also hailed the statement issued by the Turkish Prime Minister’s Office.

“Welcome statement of PM Erdoğan on Armenians, reconciliation is key EU value. Hope steps in this spirit will follow,” Füle said via Twitter.

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