The leader of Armenia praises the recognition of President Joe Biden for the death of 1_5 million Armenians under the Turkish rule of the Ottomans as genocide, calling it a “strong step”.
Biden’s announcement on Saturday and Prime Minister Nikola Pashinyan’s response came the day Armenians flocked to a memorial complex on a hill in Yerevan’s capital to lay flowers and mourn the victims.
Armenia marks the day as the anniversary of the gathering of about 250 Armenian intellectuals in 1915, which is considered the first step in the killings that lasted until 1923.
Turkey vehemently rejects the label of genocide, acknowledging that many died at the time, but insisting that the death toll was too high and that the deaths were the result of civil unrest. Biden’s statement brought an angry response from Turkey and risks deteriorating relations between Washington and Ankara.
But Pashinyan said the move “reaffirms the supremacy of human rights and values in international relations. From this point of view, it is an inspiring and inspiring example for all who want to build a just and tolerant international society together.”
“I highly appreciate your principled position, which is a powerful step towards the restoration of truth and historical justice, an invaluable support to the descendants of the victims of the Armenian genocide,” he said in a message to Biden.