Azerbaijan & Turkey Strongly Reject Biden’s Remarks about so called “Armenian Genocide” as Historical Mistake

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Baku/ Istanbul; 24 April 2021 – Turkey and Azerbaijan have took strong notice of US President Joe Biden’s remarks on the events of 1915  and rejected them with presenting the facts from the past .

“The remarks are “unacceptable” and a “historical mistake,” Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said on Saturday.

Aliyev and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned Biden’s move during a phone call, the Azerbaijani Presidency said in a statement.

The Azerbaijani leader said the US president’s remarks would “seriously damage cooperation in the region,” stressing that Baku will always stand by Ankara.

Aliyev’s statement came shortly after Biden called the events of 1915 an “Armenian genocide,” breaking American presidents’ long-held tradition of refraining from using the term.

Turkish authorities and leaders strongly rejected the assertion, with the Foreign Ministry saying that Biden’s statement lacks any scholarly or legal basis and is not supported by evidence.

Fahrettin Altun, Turkey’s communications director, said that US officials ignored history to bow down to the demands of lobbyists.

Turkey’s position on the events of 1915 is that the deaths of Armenians in eastern Anatolia took place when some sided with invading Russians and revolted against Ottoman forces. A subsequent relocation of Armenians resulted in numerous casualties.

Turkey objects to the presentation of these incidents as “genocide,” describing them as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.

Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia as well as international experts to tackle the issue.

In 2014, then-Prime Minister Erdoğan expressed condolences to the descendants of Armenians who lost their lives in the events of 1915.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu Minutes after Biden’s Declaration

Turkey entirely rejects U.S. President Joe Biden’s recognition of the 1915 events during the Ottoman Empire period as “genocide”.

“We have nothing to learn from anybody on our own past. Political opportunism is the greatest betrayal to peace and justice,” Çavuşoğlu said on Twitter. “We entirely reject this statement based solely on populism.”

“Words cannot change or rewrite history. Turkey has nothing to learn from anybody about its own past,” Çavuşoğlu stressed in a social media post.

Saying that political opportunism is the greatest betrayal of peace and justice, he stressed that Turkey totally rejects Biden’s statement.

Earlier Saturday, Biden called the events of 1915 a “genocide,” breaking American presidents’ long-held tradition of refraining from using the term.

TURKISH STANCE ON EVENTS OF 1915

Turkey’s position on the events of 1915 is that the deaths of Armenians in eastern Anatolia took place when some sided with invading Russians and revolted against Ottoman forces. A subsequent relocation of Armenians resulted in numerous casualties.

Turkey objects to the presentation of these incidents as “genocide,” describing them as a tragedy in which both sides suffered casualties.

Ankara has repeatedly proposed the creation of a joint commission of historians from Turkey and Armenia as well as international experts to tackle the issue.

In 2014, then-Prime Minister Erdoğan expressed condolences to the descendants of Armenians who lost their lives in the events of 1915.

Courtesy; anews.com.tr + Anadolu Agency 

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