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U.S. Senate to debate Armenian Genocide Resolution.

WASHINGTON (C\u304 HAN)- Two U.S. Senators have introduced a bill calling on the U.S. government to recognize the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire in 1915-23, the Armenian Assembly of America (AAA) said on Wednesday.

\'93It is time for the United States to join the 19 nations including Belgium, Canada, France, Italy and the European Union that have formally recognized the actions carried out by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923 as genocide,\'94 Senator Robert Menendez said.

Menendez and his colleague Mark Kirk handed over the bill that was backed by seven senators and also Charles Schumer, the head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

\'93This resolution accurately characterizes the events of 1915-1923 as a genocide, honors the memory of the victims, and strengthens America\'92s moral leadership on human rights and the prevention of mass atrocities around the world,\'94 said a spokesman for Senator Kirk.

The Ottoman Empire persecuted Armenians in the late 19th-early 20th centuries, allegedly massacring 1.5 million of them in 1915. Turkey, which has sought EU membership, denies the genocide accusations and bristles at any Western criticism on the issue.

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Date:Mar 21, 2012
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