Armenia marks the anniversary of the massacre of 1.5 million people by Ottoman Turks a century ago. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Dozens of delegates, including the presidents of France, Russia, Serbia and Cyprus, were taking part in memorial events on Friday (April 24) in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, to mark the 100th anniversary of the mass killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks. President Serzh Sarksyan greeted the guests arriving for a ceremony at the memorial complex where a flame burns to commemorate the victims. Armenia, a country of 3.2 million people that was once part of the Soviet Union, wants other countries to recognise the killings as genocide and the debate has long soured its relations with Turkey. In February, Armenia withdrew from parliament landmark peace accords with Turkey that had only been signed in 2009, setting back U.S.-backed efforts to bury a century of hostility between the neighbours. Sarksyan said on Wednesday (April 22) he was ready to normalise relations with Turkey, stating that there should be no preconditions in restarting the peace process and would not insist that the Turks accept they had committed genocide. While the European Parliament, France and others call the killings genocide, other countries, including the United States, have refrained from doing so. Turkey says there was no organised campaign to wipe out Armenians and no evidence of any such orders from the Ottoman authorities.