He is the first American president to identify the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. He said we affirm history. We do not do it to condemn anyone but to make sure that what occurred is never returned.
Every year on this day, we commemorate the lives of all those killed in the Ottoman-era Armenian Genocide, and we pledge to reaffirm our commitment to preventing this atrocity from recurring. Biden, who became the first American president in the name of the Genocide, committed 1.5 million Armenian genocides during World War I.
The president stated on Saturday, April 24, the same year as the new anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide in 1915, when Ottoman troops fought tsarist Russia in the region during World War I. Today is Armenia.
The president said the American people respect all Armenians who died in the Genocide that began 106 years ago so that there would be no doubt about their identities.
The statement is likely to increase tensions with Turkey. The NATO ally vehemently rejects the position, which has already been adopted by several countries, including France and Russia. In the text, however, Biden tries to reconcile: we confirm the date. We are not doing this to blame anyone but to make sure that what happened never happens again.
The Armenian Genocide has been recognized by 30 countries and historical communities. It is estimated that between 1.2 million and 1.5 million Armenians were killed during World War I by the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany and Austria-Hungary.
Following the US appointment, 100 members of Congress have called on Biden to fulfill his election promise to recognize the Armenian Genocide. The United States Congress formally recognized the December 2019 massacre as Genocide in a symbolic vote. The letter states that the embarrassing silence of the United States government has lasted a long time and should end.
Armenians estimate that 1.5 million of them were systematically killed during World War I by the Ottoman army, an ally of Germany and Austria-Hungary. Every April 24, they remember the Genocide.
On April 24, 1915, thousands of Armenians were arrested on suspicion of having anti-central nationalist sentiments. On May 26, a law authorized deportation "for internal security reasons," and another law on September 13 ordered the confiscation of their property. The Armenian population of Anatolia and Cilicia (annexed to Turkey in 1921) was forcibly deported to the deserts of Mesopotamia. At that time, according to reports from foreign diplomats and intelligence agents, several people were killed on the streets or in the fields, burned alive, drowned, poisoned, or infected with typhus.
Today, as we mourn our lost grief, let us look to the future, to the world we want to create for our children. A world that is not tainted by the everyday evils of intolerance and fanaticism. Human rights are recognized, and in which all people can exist with pride and protection. Let's renew our shared commitment to stopping atrocities anywhere in the world. Biden said in his long-awaited statement; we want healing and settlement for all the people of the world.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday accused third parties of meddling in Turkish affairs after US President Joe Biden formally acknowledged the Armenian Genocide. In a message to the Armenian patron in Istanbul, he said that it would not benefit anyone that the debates - which historians make - are politicized by third parties and become a source of interference in our country.
President Joe Biden's complete declaration on Armenian Remembrance Day:
Every year on this day, we commemorate the lives of all those killed in the Ottoman-era Armenian Genocide, and we pledge once again to stop this atrocity from happening again. On April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople by Ottoman authorities, 1.5 million Armenians were deported, massacred, or executed in a brutal campaign. We respect the victims of Meds Yeghern so that the horrors of what happened will never go away in history.
And we remember that we are always vigilant against the harmful effects of hatred in all its forms.
Most of the survivors were forced to find new homes and new lives worldwide, including in the United States. With power and strength, the Armenian people endured and restored their identity. Over the decades, Armenian immigrants have proportioned states in countless ways. Yet, they will never ignore the terrible history that made so many of their ancestors to our shores. We respect their history. We see that pain. We confirm the date. We do this not to blame anyone but to make sure that what happened is never repeated.
Today, as we mourn our loss, let us look to the future and the world we want to create for our children. A world that is not tainted by the everyday evils of intolerance and fanaticism. Human rights are recognized, and in which all people can live with pride and protection. Let's renew our shared commitment to stopping atrocities anywhere in the world. And let us strive for health and reconciliation for all the people of the world.
The American people recognize all Armenians who perished in the Genocide that began 106 years before.