Turkey blasted Joe Biden’s Armenian Genocide statement on Saturday.
Joe Biden on Saturday recognized the Armenian Genocide.
“The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide,” Biden said.
Biden’s statement coincided with Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day (April 24).
The most recent genocide of the Armenians began on April 24th, 1915, and 1.5 million Christian Armenians were slaughtered by the Muslim Ottoman Turks.
Assyrians and Greeks were also murdered, bringing the total Genocide to 3.5 million Christians.
Turkey denies the Genocide to this day and they are furious that Joe Biden recognized the atrocities against Christians in the region as a “genocide.”
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey “entirely rejects” Joe Biden’s statement.
Cavusoglu said it will only serve to “open a deep wound” in bilateral ties.
“Words cannot change or rewrite history” he said.
“Words cannot change or rewrite history.”
We have nothing to learn from anybody on our own past. Political opportunism is the greatest betrayal to peace and justice.
We entirely reject this statement based solely on populism.#1915Events
— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) April 24, 2021
Turkey also labeled Biden’s statement a “distortion of historical facts.”
“This statement of the US, 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,” Turkey’s foreign ministry said, adding it rejected and denounced the statement “in the strongest terms.”