US President Joe Biden officially called the incident “genocide” on Saturday, May 4, the anniversary of the beginning of the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman agents.
The White House issued a statement saying the United States officially considered the massacre of Armenians and the detention of Armenian leaders and intellectuals during the Ottoman Empire “genocide” and committed itself to preventing such a recurrence.
The statement said that “one and a half million Armenians were forced to flee their homes” during the events of April 24, 1915, which were accompanied by “mass killings” and “genocide.”
The White House goes on to say that many of those who survived were forced to leave the country and live in other countries, including the United States, and revived their community through effort and resistance.
He adds that over the past decades, the Armenian immigrant community in the United States has contributed to the enrichment of the United States in various ways, but they have never forgotten their history.
The White House has stressed that the United States does not intend to recognize the Armenian genocide by blaming others, but wants to make sure that such an event never happens again.
The Armenian Genocide began in 1915, at the same time as the Ottoman Empire’s war with the Russian Empire in what is now Armenia.
Joe Biden is the first US president to officially declare the massacre a “genocide.”
Recently, more than 100 lawmakers, led by Adam Shift, Democratic chairman of the House Security Committee, wrote to Joe Biden urging him to keep his election promise and recognize the “Armenian genocide.”
In December 2019, the US Congress recognized the “genocide” of Armenians in a symbolic vote.
The Kurds, like the Armenians, are victims of genocide. Both from Turkey, and from Iran, Iraq, Syria, and ISIS.
Despite this, no country has recognized the killing of Kurds as genocide, which is why there is always a risk of a repeat of the genocide of Kurds by Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria, and Islamic extremist groups.