The Beth Nahrin National Council issued a statement praising U.S. President Joe Biden’s historic decision to recognize the 1915 genocide of the Armenian people by the forces of the Ottoman Empire and called on countries around the world to recognize the Armenian Genocide as well as the concurrent genocides of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) and other peoples.
“The Syriac, Armenian, and Greek people, Christians of Beth Nahrin [Mesopotamia] and Anatolia between 1915 to 1925 have been subjected to the worst forms of barbaric extermination in the history of humanity by the Ottoman Empire and its aides, Kurdish and Circassian clans, and radical Islamic groups,” read the statement. “Despite the passage of 106 years since the genocide, the Turkish state denies its responsibility for the genocides while continuing the oppression of the descendants of the survivors.”
The statement continued by condemning the Turkish government’s policy of lobbying, intimidation, and pressing other governments into not recognizing the crimes of the past and looking the other way at the crimes of the present.
“President Joe Biden’s statement on 24 April was a historic step as recognition of genocide can deter those planning such crimes against humanity,” read the statement. “Although the recognition of the genocide by the U.S. government is long overdue, it has given hope to the hearts of Christian peoples who have suffered from ethnic and religious oppression.”
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