US President Joe Biden today formally acknowledged that the 1915 massacre of Armenians was a genocide in the Ottoman Empire, according to world agencies.
He used an expression that his predecessors in the White House avoided for decades in order not to worsen relations with Turkey, reports AP.
“The American people pay tribute to all these Armenians who went missing in the genocide that began today, 106 years ago. We are establishing history. “We are not doing this to avoid guilt, but to make sure that what happened never happens again,” Biden said in a statement.
Turkey has vehemently rejected the characterization, acknowledging that many people died at the time, but insisting that the death toll was exorbitant and that their deaths were the result of civil unrest.
“Turkey completely rejects the statement of US President Joe Biden,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşo .lu minutes after Biden’s statement that genocide had been committed against Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915.
“Words cannot change or rewrite history. We have nothing to learn from anyone about our own past. Political opportunism is the greatest betrayal of peace and justice. “We completely reject this statement based solely on populism,” Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter.