As a president candidate Barak Obama promised that if elected he would recognize the massacres and injustice during WWI inflicted on over 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey as genocide.
When in Turkey, mindful of ongoing diplomatic negotiations between Armenia and Turkey, President Obama made the choice to avoid using the word “genocide.”
International reaction to this decision are mixed.
US Agenda according to Onnik Krikorian:
– Turkey’s backing is important in Iraq and Afghanistan
-Turkey’s ability to possibly counterbalance Russia’s influence in the South Caucus is needed
Armenian Agenda according to Onnik Krikorian:
–seek international recognition of genocide
-for some validation of demands for territorial reparations
-opening of borders between Turkey and Armenia
International Agenda according to Onnik Krikorian:
– regional stability
– For some a historical comission to examine genocide