White House Avoids Calling Massacre Of Armenians Genocide

April 22, 2015 5:32 AM

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WASHINGTON -- The White House has stopped short of using the word “genocide” to describe the massacre of ethnic Armenians in the Ottoman Empire two days ahead of the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.

The White House said in a statement that chief of staff Denis McDonough and deputy national-security adviser Ben Rhodes met with Armenian-American leaders on April 21 and "discussed the significance of this occasion for honoring the 1.5 million lives extinguished during that horrific period."

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