Washington-Saturday President Joe Biden officially approved Systematic killing of 1.5 million Armenians A long-awaited declaration among Armenian-Americans that could further strain US-Turkish relations as an act of “genocide” by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923.
“From April 24, 1915, until the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople by Ottoman authorities killed 1.5 million Armenians in a campaign of deportation, slaughter, or extinction. We marched, “said Byden. Saturday’s statement commemorating the day of the Armenian Genocide memorial service. He emphasized the need to recognize and remember such atrocities “so that the fear of what happened is not lost in history.”
“Americans honor all Armenians who died in the genocide that began today 106 years ago,” Biden said. “We respect their story. We see the pain. We check history. We do not blame this, but what happened will never be repeated. Do to make sure.
Biden promised to label the killings as genocide during the campaign. However, the former president refused a similar pledge in fear that it would jeopardize US-Turkey relations.
The move was symbolic because of its lack of legal influence, its potential geopolitical influence, and its very deep resonance with the Armenian-American community.
“President Biden’s affirmation of the Armenian Genocide marks a crucial milestone in the historical arc of human rights protection,” Brian Aldney, Secretary-General of the Armenian Parliament in the United States, said in a statement on Saturday. .. Biden said the decision to “recommit the United States to the global cause of genocide prevention” ended the “denial of the first century.”
The Armenian Genocide began in 1915 during World War I. Turkish leaders have begun deporting hundreds of thousands of Armenians from the Ottoman Empire. The modern Turkish government has taken steps to combat the atrocities, but refused to admit the scope of the killings and argued that it was a genocide.
Democrat Adam Schiff, who lives in many Armenian Americans in the California area, said Biden’s approval was obtained while “there are still survivors of the genocide living to witness it.” He said he felt reassured.
Biden “has abandoned decades of shameful silence and semi-truth, and many of his predecessors’ broken promises,” Schiff said.
For many years Turkey Expensive lobbyist To prevent Washington from classifying the Armenian genocide as a genocide. In 2018, two former presidents, Barack Obama, said it was a mistake that his administration was unaware of the genocide.
“Every year, there was a reason not to do that,” said Ben Rhodes, Obama’s National Security Adviser. Podcast interview. “Turkey was essential to some of the issues we are working on, or there was some dialogue between the Turkish and Armenian governments about the past.”
Declaration could “damage relations” with Turkey
Earlier this week, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mebrut Chabsogur said that if Biden declared a genocide, it would “harm the relationship.”
“A non-binding statement will not benefit, but will hurt the relationship,” Kabsogul told Turkish broadcaster Habertürk. “If the United States wants to make relations worse, it’s up to them to decide,” he said.
The argument seems to have lost that punch. The US-Turkey alliance has caused serious conflict in recent years, especially since then. Turkey invades Syria in 2019.. Another flash point: Erdogan’s decision to proceed with Turkey’s decision to purchase a Russian missile system in the face of fierce opposition from Washington.
Alan Makovsky, a Turkish expert and former State Department official, said, “Thanks to the hostility created by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through foreign policy and human rights violations, there is a desire to respect Turkish sensibilities in virtually anything. Almost none. ” ..
Makovsky, who now belongs to the liberal think tank Center for American Progress, said Biden’s declaration would not have a significant impact on US-Turkey relations.
“Turkey will cause rhetorical turmoil for a few days, perhaps delaying actions to meet some routine demands from the US military,” he said. “But for Ankara, the US and Turkish plates are too substantive to make a big difference in this perception.”
Biden spoke with Prime Minister Erdogan on Friday. This is the first conversation between the two heads of state. The White House said Biden had expressed “interest in constructive bilateral relations” and “effective management of disagreements.”The White House account did not mention the issue of genocide, but Biden and Erdogan NATO Summit In June.
As the day of the Armenian Genocide memorial approached, Congressmen and Armenian Americans pressured Biden to fulfill the promise of the campaign.
“The administrations of both parties are silent about the truth about the Armenian genocide,” more than 20 senators wrote. March 19 Letter to Biden.. “We encourage you to break this pattern of collusion by officially admitting that the Armenian genocide was a genocide.”
In 2019, the House of Representatives and the Senate passed a resolution allowing the Armenian Genocide. This is another sign that Turkey is weakening its influence in Washington, at least on that issue. Lawmakers say it is incomprehensible given that the atrocities were committed by the Ottoman Empire rather than by modern-day Turkey.
“The Ottoman Empire killed more than a million Armenians. It was the genocide that every Armenian I knew learned from his or her parents or grandparents,” D-Ill said. Senator Dick Durbin said in a statement on Friday.
“Acknowledging this historic atrocities does not reflect Turkey today, only those who refuse to admit its reality,” he said.
This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Joe Biden admits the “genocide” of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire, which began in 1915