Armenian honour guard soldiers lay a wreath to the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial in Yerevan on April 24, 2015 during a commemoration ceremony for the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV
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Armenians Friday marked the centenary of the massacre of up to 1.5 million of their kin by Ottoman forces as France called on Turkey to recognise the 1915 slaughter as genocide.At an emotional ceremony in the capital Yerevan, the French leader called on Turkey to use "other words," referring to Ankara's refusal to recognise as genocide the Ottoman Empire's massacre of Armenians. German President Joachim Gauck was expected to draw an angry reaction from Turkey after he condemned Thursday the massacres as genocide for the first time, speaking at a Berlin religious service.Turkey has said up to 500,000 people were killed, but mostly due to war and starvation, and rejects the use of the term "genocide".US President Barack Obama on Thursday would only go so far as to describe the World War I massacres as "terrible carnage". Ex-Soviet Armenia and the Armenian diaspora worldwide have battled for decades to have the World War I massacres recognized as a targeted genocide.
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