The Hill reports:
President Biden has formally declared that the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire more than a century ago was “genocide,” a move that is likely to exacerbate tensions with Turkey.
In doing so, Biden is fulfilling a campaign promise and becoming the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to use the term “genocide” to describe the mass killings that occurred during the 20th century at the end of World War I.
“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 an atrocity from ever again occurring,” Biden said in a statement released by the White House on Saturday.
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NOW: US President Joe Biden officially recognizes the Armenian genocide. “The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today.”
— Neil Hauer (@NeilPHauer) April 24, 2021
President Biden plans Saturday to recognize the 1915 Armenian genocide, which killed 1.5 million Armenian Christians, over the objections of Turkey. Historians consider it the first genocide of the 20th century. https://t.co/CLRv9jKLZq
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) April 24, 2021