US President Joe Biden, in a conversation with Turkish President Recep Erdogan, said that the United States officially recognizes the Armenian Genocide, informs Bloomberg citing sources. Now almost all states and Congress have already done this, but the American executive branch, including the State Department and the President, has not.
As the agency reports, Biden is going to make a corresponding statement on April 24 – the day that is considered the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Armenian Genocide in Armenia. Thus, the head of the American state will fulfill the promise made during the election campaign in 2020.
The White House did not officially confirm the discussion of the Armenian Genocide issue in the first conversation between Biden and Erdogan, noting only that the American leader expressed his hope for “constructive bilateral relations in various fields and effective settlement of contradictions.”
Now 49 out of 50 US states have officially recognized and condemned the Armenian Genocide, and also declared April 24 as the Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Armenian Genocide. The state of Alabama was the last to recognize the Armenian genocide. Since the late 1970s, every year on April 24, US presidents have made a televised address to the Armenians of America. In 2019, Congress passed a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide, but then-US President Donald Trump declined to characterize the event that way. His predecessor Barack Obama promised to recognize the Armenian genocide, but did not fulfill his word.
Massacres of the Armenian population took place in 1915 on the territory of the Ottoman Empire during the deportations during the First World War. As a result of the purposeful policy of the Ottoman authorities, according to various estimates, from 200 thousand to 2 million Armenians perished. It is difficult to establish the exact number of victims, since a number of deaths occurred during deportations, on the way to the places of exile.
The Armenian Genocide was one of the first, in 1915, together with France, to be recognized by Russia. In total, including Armenia itself, these events are fully recognized as an attempt to destroy the Armenian people by the authorities of 30 countries. In addition, the Armenian genocide is recognized by a number of regions in Australia, Great Britain, Spain, Mexico and Ukraine.