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US President Joe Biden recognises Armenian genocide
 

May 2021

On its 106th anniversary, US President Joe Biden has recognised the Armenian genocide, a historic declaration that has infuriated Turkey and further strained frayed ties between the NATO allies.
Beginning from April 24, 1915, swathes of Armenians living in the former Ottoman Empire were forcibly removed from their homes as part of mass deportations in eastern Anatolia, which is now modern Turkey.
Thousands were marched south through deserts towards Syria and Mesopotamia, with many killed by starvation, disease, or dehydration. Others were brutally massacred en route by Ottoman forces.
The total death toll from the genocide remains disputed. The International Association of Genocide Scholars puts the toll at more than a million, while Armenians put the number at 1.5 million.
”The American people honour all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today,” Mr Biden said in a statement.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey “entirely rejects” the US decision which he said was based “solely on populism”.
Turkey’s foreign ministry said it summoned the US Ambassador to Ankara over Mr Biden’s announcement.
In a statement, the ministry said Mr Biden’s announcement had no legal basis and that Ankara “rejected it, found it unacceptable and condemned in the strongest terms”.
It said the statement had caused a “wound in ties that will be hard to repair”.
Throughout its modern history Turkey has always denied there was a systematic Ottoman campaign to annihilate Armenians, though it does accept that many Christian Armenians living in the empire were killed in clashes with local forces.
Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan welcomed the US’s recognition in a letter to Mr Biden, published on his website on Saturday.
With the US’s inclusion, a total of 30 countries now recognise the Armenian genocide.
Australia is not one of them.
However, the parliaments of New South Wales and South Australia, and two local councils in Sydney, have passed motions recognising the genocide.

 

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