“The American people pay tribute to all the Armenians who lost their lives in a genocide that began exactly 106 years ago,” the president said in a statement.
In his statement, the U.S. president stresses that “1.5 million Armenians were deported or killed in a campaign of extermination.”
Biden clarified that his objective is “not to blame anyone for what happened, but to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again.”
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan sent a letter to the U.S. President noting that the Armenian people and all Armenians of the world were greatly encouraged by the message of official recognition and condemnation of the 1915-1923 Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Turkey.
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Biden’s decision was populism.
“Ankara does not accept and strongly condemns the U.S. President’s statement of April 24 on the events of 1915,” Anadolu Agency quoted him as saying.
The day before, Biden informed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Washington recognized the Armenian genocide. According to U.S. media, by the genocide Biden meant the deportation, starvation and massacres of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks, which began in 1915.
The fact of the genocide of the Armenian people in the Ottoman Empire, of which up to 1.5 million ethnic Armenians became victims in 1915, was recognized by many states. Uruguay was the first state to do this in 1965, followed by France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Vatican City, Bolivia, Czech Republic, Austria, Luxembourg. The Armenian Genocide was also recognized by the European Parliament and the World Council of Churches.
In 1995 the State Duma of the Russian Federation adopted the resolution “On the condemnation of the genocide of the Armenian people of 1915-1922 in its historical motherland – Western Armenia”.