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The Armenian Genocide; April 24, 1915

25/04/2013 11:57 BST | Updated 25/04/2013 11:57 BST

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Tsitsernakaberd is a memorial dedicated to the 1.5 Million victims of the Armenian Genocide; it is located on a hill (along the Hrazdan river) overlooking Yerevan, Armenia. Constructed in 1966, it is the symbol of memorial; every year on April 24, hundreds of thousands of Armenians gather here to remember the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide that took place in the Ottoman Empire carried out by the Turkish government. August 1994. Yerevan, Armenia. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

As an Armenian and a human being, I find it sad that even almost 100 years on, the genocide of 1915 has still gone unrecognised by it's perpetrator and also the UK and US (considering just how many other countries recognise it happened makes the few denying it somewhat sad and suspect). For decades the Turkish governments denied the killings outright, but in recent years, because of all the evidence, they admitted to some killings, but disguised it as being part of World War I - which it wasn't.

I would like the memory of the 1.5 million slaughtered to be honoured and their families respected by this genocide, the only one in modern history to have gone unrecognised, to be recognised by Turkey. It's about time and the only right thing to do.