US President Joe Biden described this Saturday as “Genocide” The Ottoman Empire massacred 1.5 million Armenians in 1915, a move that is expected to increase tensions with Turkey.
In a statement commemorating the 106th anniversary of the massacre this Saturday, Biden became the first serving US president to officially recognize the genocide. Things that its predecessors avoided So as not to endanger the important alliance with Turkey.
“The Americans pay tribute to all the Armenians who died In the genocide that started 106 years ago todayBiden said in the statement.
The president used the term “genocide” twice in the communiqué, thus fulfilling his election promises and conducted a strong campaign under pressure from members of Congress and women. Armenian Asian American Group Who has been asking to use this word for many years.
Although the Turkish government warned that in 2019, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate passed measures to call the 1915 massacre “genocide.” This will seriously damage bilateral relations.
Turkey acknowledged the death of Armenian civilians during deportation in 1915, but framed them At war with Russia in Eastern Anatolia during World War I, And explicitly rejected the term genocide.
Biden explained in the statement that his intention It is to “commemorate” the memory and “pain” of Armenian immigrants Those who came to the United States after the Holocaust and their descendants have never forgotten this “tragic story.”
“We are not to blame, but to make sure What happened will never be repeated”, Emphasize.
The President of the United States emphasized that respect for human rights is one of hisr “A world that is not polluted by intolerable everyday evils.”
“Let us reaffirm our common resolve, To prevent atrocities in the future, Biden concluded.
As a result, the United States became the thirtieth country to recognize genocides that occurred more than a century ago, including some genocides in Europe and Latin America. Plus Russia and Syria, Two enemies of Ankara.
According to official sources, although the United States is part of the United Nations convention, Biden’s decision will not lead to sanctions on Turkey. Oppose the genocide of 1948, Requiring states to punish this crime.
However, it is expected to weaken relations with Turkey, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Recep Tayyip Erdogan), Has a close relationship with former President Donald Trump (Donald Trump), but between 2009 and 2017, with Biden (Biden) as the vice president of Barack Obama (Barack Obama) felt cold.
So far, no current president of the United States has officially declared genocide, although Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) used this term to refer to The Armenian Holocaust, proclaimed the Nazi Holocaust.