Agence France-PresseApril 24, 2013 10:16
Dozens of people gathered in Istanbul to commemorate the 1915 Armenian genocide Wednesday, in what they saw as a sign of an increasingly conciliatory stance by the government.
For the first time, Armenian diaspora groups from Europe also attended the ceremony at the invitation of the Turkish government.
"Ten years ago, such an event was impossible in Turkey," said Benjamin Abtan, president of the European Grassroots Anti-racist Movement (EGAM).
"This shows attitudes are changing here," he said at the event marking Armenian genocide remembrance day.