International officials remember Armenian Genocide, opposition parties in Turkey call for recognition

BRUSSELS / ANKARA — In a unified stance marking the 109th anniversary of the Ottoman Empire’s genocide against the Armenian people, leaders and officials from the United States, Canada, and Europe unequivocally condemned the atrocities suffered by Armenians and other primarily Christian peoples at the hands of the Ottoman Empire and its allies beginning in 1915.

The Turkish opposition Peoples’ Equality and Democracy Party (Halkların Eşitlik ve Demokrasi Partisi, DEM Party), alongside Kurdish parties and institutions, joined the chorus of condemnation, urging the Turkish government to acknowledge the genocide.

During his annual address commemorating the 109th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, President Joe Biden declared a day of mourning, honoring the memory of the victims and urging remembrance of the tragic events. He underscored the importance of acknowledging the prelude to the massacres and the enduring tragedies inflicted upon subsequent generations.

US Congressman Adam Schiff echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the resilience of the Armenian people in the face of barbaric crimes and their unwavering commitment to preserving their identity.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood in solidarity with the Armenian community, acknowledging the heinous crimes perpetrated against Armenians 109 years ago. He pledged ongoing support for all affected by the genocide, emphasizing the importance of remembering the victims’ names and stories.

European Parliament member Viola von Cramon-Toubadil commemorated the genocide and expressed readiness to safeguard Armenians targeted by Azerbaijan.

Greek Prime Minister Nikos Dendias stressed the imperative of confronting genocides and recognizing historical truths to prevent their recurrence.