Latest News:  
Beijing   Dust    21 / 12 ℃  City Forecast


Obama urges acknowledgment of massacre of Armenians


08:10, April 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, April 24 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a "full, frank and just acknowledgment" of the brutal massacre of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks in 1915.

"I have consistently stated my own view of what occurred in 1915. My view of that history has not changed," the president said in a written statement on the 97th anniversary of the massacre.

"A full, frank and just acknowledgment of the facts is in all of our interests," he said, stressing that "moving forward with the future cannot be done without reckoning with the facts of the past."

"We applaud those Armenians and Turks who have taken this path, and we hope that many more will choose it, with the support of their governments as well as mine," he added.

Thousands of Armenians including President Serzh Sargsyan gathered around a special monument in Yerevan, capital of Armenia, on Tuesday to commemorate what they call the Armenian genocide.

On April 24, 1915, several hundred Armenian intellectuals were arrested overnight by the Ottoman Empire, most of them were executed summarily while others were sent into exile, according to Armenian historians.

【1】 【2】


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Artists perform Kun Opera at UNESCO headquarters

  2. Tulip festival in Morges, Switzerland

  3. Chinese research vessel starts 26th oceanic expedition

  4. China Int'l Cartoon & Animation Festival in Hangzhou

Most Popular


  1. Relations reach new heights
  2. China opposes Philippine school in S. China Sea
  3. Top adviser's visit promotes friendship, cooperation
  4. Where does the world go from here?
  5. Panicky responses to shootings harm students
  6. ChiNext delisting policies ramp up risk for investors
  7. Motives behind Tokyo's claim to buy Diaoyu Islands
  8. Huangyan crisis hints long-term tensions
  9. Arab countries hold mixed feelings towards US
  10. Renminbi's global use growing

What's happening in China

Entering Jiaxi Nature Reserve in Hainan

  1. 2nd Beijing International Film Festival
  2. Chinese migrant workers' wages up 21.2%
  3. Railways ready for upcoming Labor Day holiday
  4. Chinese cities rank in top 20 retail hubs
  5. Pop culture T-shirts under fire

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai