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Armenia PM hails ‘courageous’ genocide vote in US Congress
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly. (File photo AP)

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday hailed as a “victory of justice and truth” a US Congress resolution formally recognizing as genocide the mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey a century ago.


“On behalf of the Armenian people, I express gratitude to the US Congress,” he wrote on Twitter, adding that the resolution was a “courageous step towards the prevention of genocides in future.”


Armenians say the mass killings of their people from 1915 to 1917 amounted to genocide, a claim recognized by some 30 countries.


Turkey strongly denies the accusation of genocide and puts the death toll in the hundreds of thousands.


source: Agencies