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Biden Tags Ottoman-era Armenians’ Death Genocide

Joe Biden has become the first U.S. president to issue a statement formally describing the 1915 massacre of Armenians as a genocide.

President Biden in a statement said, “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.”

He noted the atrocities which took place and pointed to the importance of honoring the victims.

“Beginning on April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople by Ottoman authorities, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in a campaign of extermination.”

“We honor the victims of the Meds Yeghern so that the horrors of what happened are never lost to history. And we remember so that we remain ever vigilant against the corrosive influence of hate in all its forms,” he continued.

Mr. Biden said further, “of those who survived, most were forced to find new homes and new lives around the world, including in the United States. With strength and resilience, the Armenian people survived and rebuilt their community.”

He said that Armenian immigrants have made a meaningful contribution to the U.S. while at the same time not forgetting their roots.

“Over the decades Armenian immigrants have enriched the United States in countless ways, but they have never forgotten the tragic history that brought so many of their ancestors to our shores. We honor their story. We see that pain. We affirm the history. We do this not to cast blame but to ensure that what happened is never repeated,” he stated.

He said, “today, as we mourn what was lost, let us also turn our eyes to the future—toward the world that we wish to build for our children. A world unstained by the daily evils of bigotry and intolerance, where human rights are respected, and where all people are able to pursue their lives in dignity and security.”

The President concluded by noting that the atrocities that took place back then should never be allowed to be repeated and attention must now be paid to healing and reconciliation.

“Let us renew our shared resolve to prevent future atrocities from occurring anywhere in the world. And let us pursue healing and reconciliation for all the people of the world. The American people honor all those Armenians who perished in the genocide that began 106 years ago today.”

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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