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George Clooney lays flowers at genocide memorial in Armenia

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 01:00

American actor George Clooney joins Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan in remembering victims of genocide at a memorial in capital Yerevan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) American actor and film director George Clooney visited a memorial to Armenia's 1915 genocide on Sunday (April 24). He laid flowers at the Tsitsernakaberd memorial outside the capital Yerevan and stood behind Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan and his wife Rita Sarksyan as priests led the crowd in prayer. Clooney was in Armenian capital Yerevan to award a one million dollar humanitarian prize later on Sunday. The Oscar-award winning actor is a co-chair of the selection committee of the Aurora Prize For Awakening Humanity. The ceremony to mark the inaugural presentation of the prize fell on the day Armenia commemorates the 101st anniversary of the mass killings of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces. The events of 1915 are a highly sensitive issue both for Turks and Armenians. Muslim Turkey accepts that Christian Armenians were killed by Ottoman forces during World War One, but denies there was any systematic attack on civilians amounting to genocide. Clooney dismissed those denials, saying it was ridiculous not to talk about it in terms of genocide.

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George Clooney lays flowers at genocide memorial in Armenia

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 01:00