Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Armenian genocide

  • mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks took place during World War I
  • Turkey has resisted widespread calls for it to recognise the 1915-16 killings as genocide
  • hundreds of thousands of Armenians died when the Ottoman Turks deported them en masse from eastern Anatolia to the Syrian desert
  • They were killed or died from starvation or disease.
  • genocide is defined as carrying out acts intended "to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group".
  • Turkish officials accept that atrocities were committed but argue that there was no systematic attempt to destroy the Christian Armenian people. Turkey says many innocent Muslim Turks also died in the turmoil of war.
  • Argentina, Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Russia and Uruguay are among more than 20 countries which have formally recognised genocide against the Armenians.
Why in news?
  • France recently passed a law which criminalises denial of armenial genocide
  • Turkey is upset with this move of france.
  • Turkey recalled its ambassdor and cut off military cooperation with france

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