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The Daily Brief: President Joe Biden Recognizes the Armenian Killings as a Genocide

On the 106th anniversary, US President Joe Biden releases a statement formally recognizing the events occurring to the Arminian people during WWI as a genocide and making history.

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President Joe Biden Recognizes the Armenian Killings as a Genocide
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  • This Saturday, US President Joe Biden recognized the killings Armenians that occured a hundred years ago to be a genocide. 
  • Christian Armenians residing in the Ottoman Empire during World War I were subjected to violent massacres by police and soldiers after fear that they would side with the empire’s enemy, Russia, making Armenian’s a threat to security. 
  • The phrase ‘genocide’  has been highly contested over the century after the mass killings of Armenians, especially by Turkey, who claims that there weren’t any “legally defined crimes” around genocides at the time and that there were “shared losses” on both ends during the war. 
  • Biden recognized the genocide on April 24th, issuing a statement saying, “Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring,” and the “The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today.” 
  • Although not legally binding, it serves important to many Armenians in America whose families were affected, and the future of other nations’ to follow suit with the recognition. 
  • Previous to the announcement. tensions between the United States and Turkey have been strained due to military ventures and missile purchases which resulted in former president Donald Trump to put sanctions over the country. Experts remain divided on the approach Turkey will formally take in response to the announcement. 
  • Already, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu released tweets stating that “words cannot change or rewrite history,” and that Turkey “entirely reject[s]” Biden’s statement.
  • President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated previous to the recognition after rumors spread of the announcement that he would “defend the truth against the lie of the so-called Armenian Genocide.” 

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https://twitter.com/Arm_President/status/1386016976397553667?s=20
https://twitter.com/MevlutCavusoglu/status/1385988990080360448?s=20
https://twitter.com/SenatorDole/status/1385995524852142083?s=20
https://twitter.com/armgov/status/1385995583337467905?s=20

  • Sources: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/24/us/politics/armenia-genocide-joe-biden.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/biden-recognizes-armenian-deaths-genocide-prompting-relief-armenia-fury-turkey-n1265040

https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/24/europe/armenia-mass-killings-explainer-intl/index.html

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