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US calls for ‘full, frank’ recognition of Armenian massacres

The U.S. on Tuesday called for a complete and fair acknowledgement of the facts surrounding the 1915 events.

“The president and other senior administration officials have repeatedly acknowledged as historical fact, and mourned the fact, that 1.5 million Armenians were massacred or marched to their deaths in the final days of the Ottoman Empire,” State Department acting spokeswoman Marie Harf told a daily briefing.

“A full, frank and just acknowledgement of the fact is in all our interests, including Turkey’s, Armenia’s and America’s,” she said.

“Nations are stronger and they progress by acknowledging and reckoning with pretty painful elements of their past,” she said.

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