World leaders join minute's silence at ceremony marking Armenian genocide

AFP , Friday 24 Apr 2015

Putin with Sarkisian
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Armenia's President Serge Sarkisian walk together at Zvartnots airport outside the capital Yerevan, Armenia, early Friday, April 24, 2015 (Photo: AP)

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.

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