Turkey Disagrees with Bush’s Statement on Armenian Genocide

ANKARA (Anatolia News Agency)–The Turkish Foreign Ministry released a statement Tuesday expressing its discontent with President George W. Bush’s statement on the commemoration of the Armenian genocide.

"It is not possible for Turkey to share some expressions of US President George Bush in his statement released on April 24" said Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Namik Tan.

Tan said: "President Bush displayed his regular attitude of releasing a written statement on ‘Armenian remembrance day’ on April 24 this year as well. It is not possible for Turkey to share some of the assessmen’s in the statement."

In his statement–released on April 24–President Bush said: "Today–we remember one of the horrible tragedies of the 20th century–the mass killings and forced exile of as many as 1.5 million Armenia’s in the final days of the Ottoman Empire in 1915. This was a tragedy for all humanity and one that we and the world must never forget. We mourn this terrible chapter of history and recognize that it remains a source of pain for people in Armenia and for all those who believe in freedom–tolerance–and the dignity and value of every human life."

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