Turkey: After Reagan and Biden Characterize 1915 Events as Armenian Genocide – Reactions from Turkey

The statements of US President Joe Biden, who characterizes as genocide, the events of the Turkish side calls of 1915, which took place by the Ottoman administration against the Armenians, have provoked strong reactions in the Turkish political leadership.

Of course, this is not the first time an American President has referred to the Armenian Genocide. In 1981 US President Ronald Reagan referred to the Armenian Genocide. Of course, these reports are not considered recognition of the Armenian Genocide, as votes are required for the Congress consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Joe Biden in a statement on the 106th anniversary of 1915, referred twice as to genocide, while the use of the word Constantinople instead of the name Istanbul is impressive.

“Every year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and restore ourselves to prevent such cruelty from ever happening again. Beginning on April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople by the Ottoman authorities, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in an extermination campaign. We honor the victims of Meds Yeghern so that the horrors of what happened are never lost on history. And we remember in order to always be vigilant against the corrosive impact of hatred in all its forms, “Biden said.

The careful but very clear statement of the American President, where he does not associate 1915 with the current Turkish Republic, but with the Ottoman period, disturbed the political leadership of Turkey.

The reaction of Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was immediate, who wrote in a post on his personal Twitter account that «« Words can not change or rewrite history. We have nothing to learn from anyone in our past. Political opportunism is the greatest betrayal of peace and justice. “We completely reject this statement based solely on populism.”

In a statement, Communications Director Fahrettin Altun notes that “We strongly reject and denounce in the strongest terms the US President’s statement regarding the events of 1915 made under the pressure of radical Armenian circles and anti-Turkish groups in 24 April “.

“It is clear that the said statement has no scientific and legal basis, nor is it supported by any evidence. “In connection with the events of 1915, none of the conditions required for the use of the term ‘genocide’ which is strictly defined in international law are met.”

“The nature of the events of 1915 does not change according to the current political motives of politicians or internal political considerations. “Such an attitude only serves a vulgar distortion of history.”

“This US statement, which distorts the historical facts, will never be accepted in the conscience of the Turkish people and will open a deep wound that undermines our mutual trust and friendship.”

“We call on the President of the United States to redress this grave mistake, which serves no purpose other than to satisfy certain political circles and to support efforts aimed at establishing a practice of peaceful coexistence in the region, in particular between Turkish and Armenian nations, instead serving the agenda of those circles that try to incite hostility from history, ”Altun said.

“There will be a backlash of different forms and types and degrees in the coming days and months,” Ibrahim Kalin told Reuters.

“Everything we do with the US will be under the spell of this very unfortunate statement,” he said.

Underlining that the Turkish parliament is expected to make a statement on Monday, he said the US statement would not provide any legal basis for possible compensation claims.

“To reduce all this to one word and try to imply that the Turks were involved, our Ottoman ancestors were involved in genocidal acts, is simply savage,” he added./ ibna

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