SoCal Armenian community marks genocide anniversary

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"It is Turkey's conscientious and ethical responsibility to share the historical pain of our Armenian citizens", said a statement signed by Erdoğan and read at the Istanbul Armenian Church on the 103rd anniversary of the mass murders.

"It's been more than a century since the Ottoman Empire began the Armenian Genocide".

Sadly, by caving in to Turkish pressure, President Trump is isolating America, which today stands alone as Ankara's last genocide-denial lifeline.

Another told the station simply, "We're here to demand for the entire world to recognize the Armenian genocide".

The President's full statement is provided at the end of this news item. In 2017, it accused the USA president, Donald Trump, of "misinformation" when he stopped short of using the word genocide but marked "one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century".

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a proclamation Tuesday declaring a Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide.

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The Netherlands adopted a resolution reaffirming the recognition of the Armenian Genocide on February 22, 2018 according to which a representative of the country's government must visit Armenia every five years to participate in the Genocide commemorative events. State and federal lawmakers also attended the event, held at a monument built in 1968, the first created on public land outside of Armenia. Forty eight US states have recognized the Armenian Genocide through resolution or proclamation.

Hours earlier, Pashinyan had led thousands of people through the capital Yerevan to a hilltop memorial dedicated to the victims of Ottoman Turk massacres of Armenians in 1915, cementing his growing political stature.

The Turkish president offered condolences to the families of Ottoman Armenians who lost their lives during the 1915 events.

Trump acknowledged the efforts of former U.S. Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, Henry Morgenthau, in attempting to aid the Armenian people.

In a statement to mark Armenian Remembrance Day, Trump said the USA recalled "the horrific events of 1915 and grieve for the lives lost and the many who suffered".

"As we honor the memory of those who suffered, we also reflect on our commitment to ensure that such atrocities are not repeated", Trump said in a statement.