Canadian lawmakers remember ‘Armenian genocide’ Tue Apr 24, 4:24 PM ET

OTTAWA (AFP)–Canadian parliamentarians stood in silence for one minute Tuesday to recognize the Armenian genocide. A spokeswoman for Speaker of the House Peter Milliken told AFP the Conservative government’s House leader and his counterparts from all three opposition parties agreed to the official commemoration. Turkey said in April 2006 it was "appalled" by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s reference to the bloodbath as the first genocide of the 20th century, and temporarily recalled its ambassador to Ottawa in protest. Ankara said then Harper’s commen’s gave support to Armenia’s "unfounded allegations of genocide" and that his position on the issue would "negatively affect ties between Turkey and Canada."

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