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World leaders join minute’s silence at Armenian genocide ceremony

World leaders including French President Francois Hollande and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held a minute's silence in Yerevan

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World leaders including French President Francois Hollande and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held a minute's silence in Yerevan on Friday to mark 100 years since the start of the World War I massacres of Armenians.

The ceremony saw Armenia’s president Serzh Sarkisian and other leaders lay flowers at a hilltop memorial outside the Armenian capital Yerevan commemorating the deaths of some 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman forces between 1915 and 1917.

Meanwhile, Hollande on Friday urged Turkey to use “other words,” referring to Ankara’s refusal to recognize as genocide the Ottoman empire’s massacre of Armenians.

“Important words have already been said in Turkey, but others are still expected so that shared grief can become shared destiny,” Hollande said at a Yerevan ceremony marking the genocide's centenary.