The Controversy Over The Armenian Genocide

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Both deniers and believers of the Armenian genocide claim to have history on their side. So, was the Armenian genocide a genocide?

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The Erzeroum Massacre: Armenians Slaughtered and the British Consulate Stoned
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9B04E4DB133BE533A25755C2A9619C94619ED7CF
“The news gives the following details of the recent riots of Erzeroum: ‘On June 20 the soldiery were ordered to disperse Armenians who were holding a meeting in a churchyard.'”

Pope Francis Calls Armenian Deaths ‘First Genocide of 20th Century’
http://www.wsj.com/articles/pope-francis-calls-armenian-slaughter-first-genocide-of-20th-century-1428824472
“Pope Francis described the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Turks as the “first genocide of the 20th century” on Sunday, touching off a diplomatic furor with Turkey and entering into a tense historical debate with wider implications for the Vatican’s relations with Islam.”

Q&A: Armenian genocide dispute
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/6045182.stm
“The mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I remains a highly sensitive issue.”

Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 9 December 1948
https://treaties.un.org/doc/Publication/UNTS/Volume%2078/volume-78-I-1021-English.pdf
“Having considered the declaration made by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 96 (I) dated 11 December 19462 that genocide is a crime under international law […]”

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