Ottawa Citizen
April 25, 2009 Saturday
Early Edition

Obama sidesteps Armenian genocide

President Barack Obama Friday avoided calling the 1915 massacres of
Armenians by Ottoman Turks quot;genocide,quot; despite vowing to use
that term during his campaign. Obama followed U.S. diplomatic
tradition by issuing a written statement on Armenian Remembrance Day,
branding the killings of more than 1.5 million people as quot;one of
the great atrocities of the 20th century.quot; Obama avoided the label
after a conflict with Turkey over the matter.