Turkey's Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said Sunday there was a "risk" that US President Barack Obama would recognise the massacre of Armenians a century ago as genocide...Obama, who is expected to visit Turkey in April, said several times during his election campaign that he would recognise the 1915-1917 massacres under the Ottoman Empire as genocide.
The United States has previously condemned the killings while not calling them genocide to avoid tensions with Turkey, a NATO member and key Middle East ally.
If Obama does this there will be instant riots in the streets and mass protests. This is a HUGE issue in Turkey. Both the Armenians and the Turks spend a lot of lobbying dollars to influence Congress (and other world bodies) to vote or not vote on resolutions declaring the 1915-1917 "relocations" as genocide. It's illegal in Turkey to call the event a genocide.
I'm slated to go to Turkey in August.