Armenian Genocide: Sarkozy says that Turkey should accept accountability

  • The Armenian Genocide (or Armenian Holocaust / Armenian Massacres and by Armenians, as the Great Crime), the first genocide of the 20th Century, occurred when two million Armenians living in Turkey were eliminated from their historic homeland through forced deportations and massacres.
  • It was deliberate and systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I.
  • It was implemented through wholesale massacres and deportations, with the deportations consisting of forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees.
  • The total number of resulting Armenian deaths is generally held to have been between 1 million and 1.5 million. It is widely acknowledged to have been one of the first modern genocides.

The Republic of Turkey, one of the successor states of the Ottoman Empire, denies the word genocide is an accurate description of the events. In recent years, it has faced repeated calls to accept the events as genocide.

  • To date, twenty countries have officially recognized the events of the period as genocide, and most genocide scholars and historians accept this view

Nicolas Sarkozy the French President recently made a statement that Turkey should accept liability for the genocide of about a million Armenians during the fall down of the Ottoman Empire. Sarkozy said this while speaking on a visit to Armenia. Turkey insists that those who died in 1915 were casualties of war, not victims of a deliberate campaign of genocide.



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