US President Joe Biden Officially Recognizes ‘Armenian Genocide’


In a statement on Saturday, Biden became the first US president to formally recognize the killings of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, which began in 1915, as an act of “genocide.”

“Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring,” reads the statement, released on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

Biden’s declaration comes amid strained ties between the US and Turkey, which had earlier warned that recognizing the killings as a genocide would further harm relations between the NATO allies.

Turkey has acknowledged the deaths of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during World War I, but has steadfastly denied that the killings were systematically orchestrated and constitute a genocide.

In a statement, Turkey’s foreign ministry rejected Biden’s statement as being without any “scholarly and legal basis” and said the conditions required to describe the events as a “genocide” are not met under international law.

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