Biden Reportedly Plans to Formally Recognize Armenian Genocide

Brunilde Fioravanti
Апреля 22, 2021

United States officials have also sent signals to allies outside the administration who have been pushing for an official declaration that the President will recognize the genocide, a third person familiar with the matter said.

In March, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee urged Biden to recognize the Armenian genocide. The congress said that in a 2020 statement, Biden had recognized the genocide of the Armenian people living under the Ottoman Empire during the early part of the last century, and called on him to do this again as U.S. president.

On Wednesday, more than 100 members of US Congress urged President Joe Biden to recognize as genocide the mass killing of Armenians living under the Ottoman Empire during the early part of the last century.

The Armenian Genocide refers to the ethnic cleansing of the Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire that began in 1915.

While the US Congress passed a resolution that acknowledged the Armenian Genocide in 2019, no president, other than a brief mention from Ronald Reagan, has formally recognized it. Barack Obama called it genocide as a candidate but never used the word to describe it in his tenure.

At least two dozen countries have recognized the killings as a genocide, and in 2019, Congress passed nonbinding resolutions doing the same, but no sitting US president has explicitly referred to an Armenian genocide, with the exception of a passing written reference by Ronald Reagan in 1981.

Fearing that Biden could use his speech on Saturday to acknowledge the genocide, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview this week that "statements that have no legal binding will have no benefit, but they will harm ties". "If the United States wants to worsen ties, the decision is theirs", he said.

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