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Czech President Says Ottoman Mass Killings Are Genocide
By RFE/RL's Armenian Service January 31, 2014
PRAGUE -- Czech President Milos Zeman says the mass killings of ethnic Armenians in Ottoman Turkey amounted to "genocide."
"Next year it will be 100 years since the genocide of the Armenian people in the year of 1915, when 1.5 million of Armenians died," Zeman said during Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian's official visit to Prague on January 30.
Zeman took office last year.
NATO member Turkey, the modern-day successor of the Ottoman Empire, strongly rejects genocide accusations.
Armenia and Turkey have no diplomatic relations.