On Friday, former Vice President Joe Biden pledged to recognize the Armenian Genocide if he is elected as the President of the United States. The Armenian Genocide or popularly known as the Armenian Holocaust was the expulsion or mass murdering of over 1.5 million Armenians in Turkey and it’s surrounding regions by the Ottoman government between 1914 and 1923. The start date of the Genocide is usually referred to as 24th April 1915. Biden pledge as it marks the 105th anniversary of the Genocide. All the previous United States Presidents, including Donald Trump, have chosen to backtrack on the issue so far.
Biden released a statement from his Medium handle, which says - “Today we remember the cruelty faced by the people of Armenia in the Armenian Genocide. During the Genocide, as many as two million Armenians were deported, and an additional 1.5 million were killed. People who termed themselves as Greeks, Assyrians, Syriacs, Chaldeans, Arameans, Maronites, and Christians also were targeted. We should never forget this horrific incident and should always respect the perseverance of the Armenian people. As a Senator, I was very proud to have led some of the efforts personally to recognize the Genocide against the Armenians. I was also very pleased to endorse bipartisan legislation last year in the Senate and the House that recognized and established an ongoing US commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. As the Democratic presumptive Presidential nominee, I pledge to pass a resolution to recognize the Armenian Genocide, and my administration will give top priority to universal human rights once I’m elected.”
The Senate passed a House resolution terming the 1915 events as a genocide in December 2019. However, the Trump administration didn’t formally recognize the event as it could potentially bring in repercussions with Turkey, their NATO ally. Joe Biden announced his pledge from his official Twitter account. He wrote, “Today, we remember the atrocities faced by the Armenian people in the Metz Yeghern — the Armenian Genocide. If elected, I pledge to support a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide and will make universal human rights a top priority.”
Today, we remember the atrocities faced by the Armenian people in the Metz Yeghern — the Armenian Genocide. If elected, I pledge to support a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide and will make universal human rights a top priority. https://t.co/Afl5lMLPR3— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 24, 2020
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