(Washington) US President Joe Biden will officially acknowledge the Armenian genocide this week, US media reported on Wednesday as relations with Turkey were in danger of deteriorating.
The Democrats are expected to make the announcement on April 24, the date of the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 during World War I. New York Times And this The Wall Street Journal.
If confirmed, he would be the first US president to do so.
But according to both newspapers, Biden could change his mind about the extreme sensitivity decision.
The Armenian Genocide has been recognized by a community of about thirty countries and historians. It is estimated that between 1.2 million and 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman troops during World War I, and later allied with Germany and Austria-Hungary.
But Ankara refuses to use the word “genocide” and rejects any reference to annihilation, inciting mutual massacres in the wake of the civil war and famine, which have caused hundreds of thousands of deaths in both camps.
The US Congress approved the Armenian Genocide in December 2019 in a referendum. The text was defended by senators on both sides, but was repeatedly blocked by Donald Trump’s Republican allies.
At the beginning of his decree, the latter described the massacre of Armenians in 1915 as “one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century” and avoided using the term “genocide”.