Joe Biden recognized, this Saturday, April 24, the Armenian genocide. On the occasion of the day of remembrance, April 24, 45e President of the United States became the first American head of state to qualify the death of 1.5 million Armenians massacred by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 in this way. “We affirm history. Americans honor all Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today, ”he wrote in a statement, stressing the need to look to the future,“ to the world we want to build for our children ”.

It is “to honor the victims, not to overwhelm anyone, but to make sure that what happened never repeats itself”, underlined an American official, on condition of anonymity, while Turkey has warned in advance any recourse to what it denounces as a “lie”. “We continue to consider Turkey as a crucial ally within NATO,” said this source. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian praised Joe Biden’s landmark decision, thanking him in a Facebook post. The head of government hailed a “very strong measure towards justice and historical truth” and which offers “invaluable support to the descendants of the victims of the Armenian genocide”.

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Turkey has no lesson to learn from “no one”

Immediately after the release of the White House press release, Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced, in the process, “the politicization by third parties” of the debate around the Armenian genocide. The Turkish president accused these third parties of interfering in Turkey’s affairs, while US President Joe Biden officially recognized the Armenian genocide. “Nobody takes advantage of the fact that the debates, which should be held by historians, are politicized by third parties and become an instrument of interference in our country,” he said, in a message to the Armenian Patriarch at Istanbul.

Turkey has no lesson to receive “from anyone” on its history, for its part declared the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mevlut Cavusoglu, while specifying that “words cannot change or rewrite history”. The Armenian genocide is recognized by more than twenty countries and many historians, but it is vigorously contested by Turkey. Joe Biden, who had promised during his electoral campaign to take the initiative on this issue, informed his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday of his decision during a telephone conversation. The two leaders agreed to meet in June on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels.

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