- The Washington Times - Monday, April 6, 2009

ANKARA, TURKEY (AP) - President Barack Obama says the United States strongly supports the full normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia. He urged both to work through their troubled past in an honest, open and constructive way.

That was a reference to what many scholars view as the first genocide of the 20th century, when an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks in the early 1900s.

Obama is telling the Turkish parliament that both Turkey and Armenia are taking historic and courageous steps to repair relations. But he also is pressing for an open border. He says it would provide for a “peaceful and prosperous coexistence” that would serve both countries.

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