Biden becomes first US president to recognize Armenian genocide
US President Joe Biden kept his election promise and recognized the massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide.
“The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today,” the president said in a declaration.
In his statement, the American president underlines that “1.5 million Armenians were deported, massacred or driven to death in a campaign of extermination.
Biden explained that his job is not to lay the blame but to make sure that what happened never happens again.
Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan sent a letter to the US President, in which he noted that the Armenian people and all Armenians around the world received with great enthusiasm the message on the official recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey in 1915-1923.
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Biden’s decision was populism.
“Ankara does not accept and strongly condemns the statement by the President of the United States of April 24 on the events of 1915,” said Anadolu news agency quoting the minister.
On the eve of Biden, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that Washington recognizes the Armenian genocide. By genocide, Biden means the deportation, starvation and massacres of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks, which began in 1915, US media pointed out.