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Hollande urges Turkey to “break taboos” over Armenian Genocide

Hollande urges Turkey to “break taboos” over Armenian Genocide

January 29
French President Francois Hollande on Wednesday, Jan 28 called on Turkey to take new steps towards the truth behind the 1915 Armenian Genocide, saying "it is time to break the taboos," Agence France Presse reports. "The effort towards the truth must continue and I am convinced that this centenary year will see new gestures, new steps on the road to recognition," Hollande said at a dinner with Armenian groups in Paris. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this month said he would "actively" challenge a campaign to pressure Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide, though a year ago he offered "an expression of condolences for the 1915-1916 killings." Recalling Erdogan's stance last year, Hollande told members of France's Armenian community, the biggest in the European Union, that Ankara's position "cannot stop there". "It is time to break the taboos and for the two nations, Armenia and Turkey, to create a new beginning," he said.
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