Biden preparing to recognize the Armenian genocide at the risk of a backlash from Turkey


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File Image: President Biden may call the Ottoman atrocities of World War I against Armenians a genocide

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The· We President Joe Biden Preparing to declare Ottoman EmpireThe killing of more than one million Armenians during World War I was an act of genocide.

This move, symbolically, could affect relationships in which the United States is already tense. Turkey And it’s a big change from the country’s previous position.

According to Reuters, citing three sources familiar with the matter, Biden called “genocide” as part of a statement on April 24, when the victims’ annual anniversary will be held worldwide. Likely to use words.

“In my understanding, he will make a decision and use the word genocide in his statement on Saturday,” a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

But sources also said Mr Biden could change his mind in the last moment, given the importance of US bilateral relations with Turkey.

Last year, Mr. Biden said, ” Armenian genocide And world human rights will be a top priority. “

In last year’s presidential election, Mr Biden said he would support efforts to recognize the atrocities as acts of genocide in commemoration of the murder.

“Today we remember the atrocities faced by the Armenian people in Mets-Genocide, the Armenian Genocide. If elected, I pledge to uphold a resolution admitting the Armenian Genocide and the world Human rights are our top priority. “

White House spokesman Jen Psaki declined to comment on the issue on Wednesday, but said Biden hopes to “talk more about Saturday’s Remembrance Day.”

In response to reports of Biden’s move, Turkish Foreign Minister Mebrut Chabsogur said on Tuesday that Biden’s move to admit the genocide as a genocide would further undermine the already tense relationship. It was. Nato Allies.

“A non-binding statement will not benefit, but will hurt the relationship,” Kabsogul said in an interview with broadcaster Habertürk. “If the United States wants to make relations worse, it’s up to them to decide,” he said.

According to historians, between 1915 and 1923, an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire (the predecessor of modern Turkey). Turkey admits that Armenians were killed in a clash with the Ottoman Empire, but denied the number and a systematic plan to slaughter it or wipe out Armenians.

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