Obama, who pledged to recognize the Armenian claims regarding the 1915 incident during his presidential campaign, did not use the word "genocide" while describing the events in his annual April 24 statement to mark the "day of remembrance of the Armenian deaths."
Instead, he used the Armenian term for the killings, "Meds Yeghern," which has been variously translated into English as the "Great Calamity" or "Great Disaster." He also branded the events as "one of the great atrocities of the 20th century."
Diplomatic sources said Ertugrul Apakan, undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry, expressed
Apakan also said some of the expressions Obama used were "unacceptable" and reiterated
The Turkish Foreign Ministry, however, did not deliver an official protest to Jeffrey, the reports added.
The issue of the 1915 incidents is a highly sensitive one in