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PACE Urges Turkey to Recognize Armenian Genocide

© East News / Yvan TRAVERTArmenia,Yerevan, interior of the Armenian Genocide Monument
Armenia,Yerevan, interior of the Armenian Genocide Monument - Sputnik International
About 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman government during the World War I, according to Yerevan.

People mourn at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Museum in Yerevan, April 21, 2015 - Sputnik International
'Remember and Demand': Centenary of 1915 Armenian Genocide
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkey should recognize the Armenian genocide and accept historical facts, chairman of Parliament Assembly of the Council of Europe's (PACE) monitoring committee Stefan Schennach told SNA Radio Friday.

“Turkish government should accept the fact that the world has accepted long ago – it was the first genocide of the 20th century,” Schennach said, adding that the mass killings of Armenians had been proven by historical facts.

Schennach said that Austria recognized its wartime crimes during the Third Reich period. The parliamentarian added that Turkey must acknowledge the Ottoman Empire’s wartime atrocities.

People take part in a demonstration after an ecumenical service remembering the Armenian 'slaughter' at the Berlin Cathedral Church in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Sputnik International
German President Calls 1915 Atrocities Against Armenians 'Genocide'
On Friday, Armenia is hosting events in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire.

Yerevan says that about 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman government during the World War I.

Turkey, the successor state of the Ottoman Empire, refuses to recognize the Armenian genocide. Ankara argues that thousands of Turks also died when Ottoman forces battled the Russian empire over the Anatolia territories.

The Armenian genocide has been recognized by 24 countries, including Russia.

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