NO GENOCIDE: Trump Tightens Turkey's Grip Over US Policy on Armenian Genocide

Glen Norman
April 27, 2018

At a time when Turkey is falling into anti-democratic darkness, including the brutal beating of President Erdogan's critics on USA soil by Erdogan's security detail, Erdogan's continuing denial of the Armenian Genocide is an absurdity and a disgrace.

Armenia pushed for greater recognition of the deaths as genocide in the run-up to the centennial anniversary in 2015 leading to resolutions being passed by the European Parliament, Germany and several other countries' parliaments.

Twenty-seven countries and most US states have formally recognized the Armenian massacre as genocide, but Erdogan contended that the deaths were the result of "fierce and harsh conditions" during World War I. "It's a historic day for Armenia".

Now Armenia is among the forerunners of the struggle against genocides. President Ronald Reagan called it a genocide in a 1981 speech about the Holocaust; no USA president since has called it genocide.

The U.S. first recognized the Armenian Genocide in 1951 through a filing which was included in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Report titled: "Reservations to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide". The U.S. House of Representatives adopted legislation on the Armenian Genocide in 1975, 1984 and 1996.

In a show of unity Tuesday, Armenians marked the anniversary of the massacre of 1.5 million of their kin by Ottoman forces in 1915, a day after leader Serzh Sarkisian resigned after days of protests.

Erdogan also called on the Armenian community not to allow those who are trying to ignite hatred and hostility by distorting "our shared past".

"We also want to remember all those who helped victims, all those who helped rebuild Armenian civilization and culture". We underscore the importance of acknowledging and reckoning with painful elements of the past as a necessary step towards creating a more tolerant future.

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