Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his legislators and supporters at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.(AP Photo)
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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement, on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the start of mass deportations of Armenians in 1915, is the first such overt comment by a Turkish leader over the killings, considered by many as the first genocide of the 20th century.He acknowledged the events of 1915 had "inhumane consequences" but also said it was "inadmissable" for them to be used as an excuse today for hostility against Turkey. Armenia has been trying to get Turkey to recognize the killings of up to 1.5 million people under the Ottoman Empire as genocide.Etyen Mahcupyan, a well-known Turkish columnist of Armenian descent, called the prime minister's statement "a first".The nearly century-old Armenian massacre remains an extremely sensitive issue both in Turkey and abroad.
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