US President Joe Biden can officially recognize the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the 20th century. This was reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing sources in the country’s government administration.
According to the newspaper, it is likely that Biden will make a corresponding statement on April 24, the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Genocide in Armenia. There is no information about the final decision of the American leader, and there is information that he will confine himself to a symbolic statement without official recognition.
In turn, Turkey denies the claim that the killings of the Armenians were genocide, citing a popular uprising against the government.
In February last year, the People’s Assembly of the Syrian Arab Republic adopted a resolution condemning the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire in the 20th century.
In December, the US Senate of the Congress officially recognized the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire. The adopted resolution states that the country should honor the Armenian genocide through official recognition and memory.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Ottoman Empire persecuted the Armenian population. According to a number of historians, over 1.5 million Armenians were killed in 1915. The fact of genocide was recognized by more than 20 countries, Ankara rejects the very term “genocide”, claiming that in those years there was a fratricidal war and great losses were suffered by each side of the conflict.
The Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Armenian Genocide in Armenia is annually celebrated on April 24.