Today, April 24, 2021, President Joe Biden became the first U.S. President to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide.
In his statement, President Biden wrote, “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 atrocity from ever again occurring.”
In 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed a resolution recognizing the killing of Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks, and other Christians by the Ottoman Empire during the First World War as Genocide. The Assyrian Genocide and Research Center (SEYFO Center) welcomes today’s historic announcement as a significant step in the right direction. However, the struggle for International recognition and justice will continue. Until the Republic of Turkey, which was born out of the destruction of its indigenous Christian population, recognizes its past crimes.
However, the most crucial aspect of today’s announcement was the reaction of the Turkish government. As expected, Turkish officials maintained their absurd and disturbing rhetoric of denial, which shows that the genocidal mentality is still alive and well in Turkey. Therefore, as we celebrate today’s recognition of the Armenian, Assyrian, and Greek Genocide, we must also continue to remain vigilant in our advocacy to ensure that history will not repeat itself.
The Assyrian Genocide Research Center