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Turkish Leader Criticizes Obama on Armenia

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A nationalist Turkish leader is saying he
can't "tolerate the U.S. president's lack of courtesy" in calling
on Turkey to reckon with its past, resolve its dispute with
neighbor Armenia and reopen their shared border.
Devlet Bahceli was reacting Tuesday to President Barack Obama's
call for reconciliation with Armenia over the widespread killings
of Armenians in the final years of the Ottoman Empire. Bahceli's
comments underline the difficulties in overcoming decades of
antagonism with Armenia rooted in the WWI-era killings that began
in 1915.
Obama steered clear of the term "genocide" when he addressed
Turkish lawmakers Monday about the bloodshed. Turkey rejects the
widely held view that there was a systematic campaign to wipe out
the Armenian population.


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