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US recognises Armenian genocide and imposes sanctions on Turkey

The US House of Representatives have acknowledged the Armenian genocide and has imposed sanctions on Turkey in response to its assault on Kurdish controlled territories in north-eastern Syria.

The Armenian genocide was carried out from 1914-1923 where an approximate 1.5 million Armenians were systematically killed by the Ottoman Empire and subject to expulsion.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said with respects to the motion that she was honoured to join colleagues "in solemn remembrance of one of the great atrocities of the 20th century: the systematic murder of more than 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children by the Ottoman Empire".

Turkey’s foreign minister has responded stating that;

"The resolution which has apparently been drafted and issued for domestic consumption is devoid of any historical or legal basis,"

He further described the bill as a

"meaningless political step, its sole addressees are the Armenian lobby and anti-Turkey groups ... The debate on the events that occurred in 1915 belongs to the realm of history, not politics."

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