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April 21, 2015

US Muslim groups under fire for statement on Armenia killings

Press release says US should not alienate "a key ally, Turkey, through one-sided declarations".

Turkish and Armenian people hold pictures of victims as they attend a memorial to mark the 99th anniversary of the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, in Istanbul, Turkey, 24 April 2014. (EPA/SEDAT SUNA)

A coalition of US Muslim organisations has come under fire for a statement about the killing of as many as 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish Empire in 1915. Activists have long pushed for the mass killings to be called a genocide. The US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) released a statement on Monday urging the acknowledgment of the killings by leaders in the US to be "balanced, constructive and must also recognize Turkish and Muslim suffering".