Biden Armenian genocide statement don't deserve attention - Erdogan
Following the US President's statements on the 107th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Turkish President calls them are not worthy of attention, because they are based on totally false and unreliable information.
According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, US president Joe Biden's statement on the Armenian Genocide's 107th anniversary "doesn't deserve any attention."
As per Anadolu, "Mr. Biden needs to study history properly. We cannot forgive him for trying to challenge Turkey without knowing that history," Erdogan said.
He added that Biden's statements "are not worthy of attention, because they are based on totally false and unreliable information." The Armenian Genocide is recognized by governments and parliaments of different countries, but "it has no power for us," he said.
"Today, 107 years later, the American people continue to honor all Armenians who perished in the genocide," Biden said on Sunday in a statement marking the 107th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Biden describes, again, Armenian massacres as 'genocide'
US President Joe Biden capitalized on the commemoration of the Armenian remembrance day to describe the past atrocities of the Ottoman Empire as "genocide", in a repetition of controversial words from a year ago after equivocation.
Such remarks aggravate Turkey. Ankara refuses to recognize the 1915-1916 mass killing of a million Armenians as "genocide".
"On April 24, 1915, Ottoman authorities arrested Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople. Thus began the Armenian genocide -- one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century," the President said in a statement.
"Today, we remember the one and a half million Armenians who were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in a campaign of extermination, and mourn the tragic loss of so many lives."
Earlier this month, Biden said Russia's "atrocities" that have been committed since February 24 amount to "genocide", a description that worried many US officials and made close US allies distance themselves from Washington.
Biden's definition of genocides is a fuzzy one - the word seems to have an interchangeable use depending on Washington's interests, notably as Biden was the first US president to ever declare the event as a genocide.
Armenian PM: Recognition of genocide would defuse region tensions
International recognition of the Armenian genocide would relax tensions in the region, rather than exacerbate them, and would help avert such crimes in the future, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan pointed out on Sunday.
In a statement commemorating the 107th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Pashinyan said "The agenda of international recognition of the Armenian Genocide should service the strengthening of Armenia's security guarantees."
The Armenian President affirmed that his government "will use this agenda not to increase regional tensions, but rather for the goal of defusing the regional tensions."
Unadmitted truth pave way for new atrocities
Pashinyan considered that denial and distortion of historical facts, especially the cruelty of the past, as well as unadmitted truth and negligence by the international community, pave the way for new atrocities and crimes.
"The civilized world, the international community has a lot to do in this direction, to prevent other such crimes regardless of political interests, first of all valuing human life, regardless of nationality," Pashinyan underscored.
"It is the recognition and condemnation of the genocide that must stop new crimes," he added.
Over 1.5 million Armenians killed
Mass persecution of Armenians began in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1915, according to historians, over 1.5 million Armenians were killed and hundreds of thousands were forced to flee their homes.
These events were recognized as genocide by the governments and parliaments of 31 countries. Turkey acknowledged that the massacre took place, but refused to call it genocide.