Biden is the first US President to recognize the wounding of Armenian people in the Ottoman Empire during WWI as a ‘murder’.
United States President Joe Biden officially recognized the killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during the first world war as a “genocide”, which was immediately denied by Turkey.
In a statement on Saturday, Biden became the first US president to specifically recognize the killing of 1.5 million Armenian Ottomans in the Ottomans from 1915 to 1917 as “genocide.”
“Every year on this day, we commemorate the lives of all those who died during the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire and we commit ourselves to prevent such atrocities from happening again,” he said.
“The American people respect all the Armenians who were killed in the genocide that began 106 years ago today.”
Turkey acknowledged the death of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during the first world war, but strongly denied that the killings were organized and carried out.
Biden’s announcement comes in the middle unstable relationships between the US and Turkey, which had previously warned that recognizing these assassinations could damage relations between its allies and NATO.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Ankara had denied Biden’s allegations, saying “it simply took a lot of people”.
“We don’t have anything to learn from each other,” Cavusoglu said.
“Words cannot change or rewrite history.”
There is nothing we can learn from each individual. Getting political opportunities is a betrayal of peace and justice.
We reject this statement outright, simply because we want to fit in with our society.# 1915What Happened
– Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) April 24, 2021
Armenians, who celebrated the genocide in Armenia on Saturday, have called on the United States and other countries around the world to do so.
In 2019, the US Congress passed a symbolic resolution recognizing the “Armenian genocide”, but then President Donald Trump denied this.
In a letter he wrote Wednesday, more than 100 members of Congress urged Biden to recognize the killings as a massacre, saying the “shameful silence” of the US had long existed.
Aram Hamparian, head of the Armenian National Committee of America, He said this week that the Biden assassination demonstration will end “the longest-running regime in American history”.
But Turkey has strongly condemned the move.
Earlier on Saturday, Turkish Parliamentary Speaker Mustafa Sentop said recognizing the killings as “murder” would be “unlawful political rhetoric”.
“As they claim, there is nothing legally available to make the events of 1915 known as genocide,” Sentop said, according to Anadolu state media in Turkey.
Turkish presidential spokesman Fahrettin Altun also said this week that the referendum would be “an insult that is not in line with reality and is always politically motivated.”
“It’s a case of rhetoric, nonsense and nonsense,” Altun said.
US-Turkey relations have deteriorated in recent years in a number of ways, including the purchase of Ankara Russian security machine S-400.
Biden informed his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, known for plotting to “kill the Armenian people” by phone call on Friday.
Mu words, the White House said Biden had also expressed to Erdogan his interest in establishing “mutually beneficial relations with the growing areas of cooperation and the proper management of inequalities”.
The leaders also agreed to bilateral talks on the sidelines of the NATO summit in June.