Washington, April 24
US President Joe Biden on Saturday mentioned the 1915 massacres of Armenians within the Ottoman Empire constituted genocide, a historic declaration that’s set to infuriate Turkey and doubtlessly additional harm frayed ties between the 2 NATO allies.
The largely symbolic transfer, breaking away from a long time of rigorously calibrated language from the White House, will prone to be celebrated by the Armenian diaspora within the United States, however comes at a time when Ankara and Washington have deep coverage disagreements over a number of points.
“The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today,” Biden mentioned in a press release.
“Over the a long time Armenian immigrants have enriched the United States in numerous methods, however they’ve by no means forgotten the tragic historical past … We honor their story. We see that ache.
We affirm the historical past. We do that to not forged blame however to make sure that what occurred is rarely repeated,” he mentioned.
For a long time, measures recognising the Armenian genocide stalled within the US Congress and US presidents have avoided calling it that, stymied by issues about relations with Turkey and intense lobbying by Ankara.
Turkey accepts that many Armenians dwelling within the Ottoman Empire have been killed in clashes with Ottoman forces throughout World War One, however contests the figures and denies the killings have been systematically orchestrated and constitute a genocide.