Turkey summons US ambassador to protest Armenian genocide declaration

By John Bowden*

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Turkey’s foreign ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador on Saturday to condemn President Biden’s declaration that the killings and forced displacement of Armenians during the Ottoman Empire constituted a genocide.

The Associated Press reported that Turkish officials expressed their displeasure with Biden’s decision after the president released a statement claiming that the U.S. does not “cast blame” for the genocide, which the U.S. stressed did not occur under Turkey’s modern-day government.

“The statement does not have legal ground in terms of international law and has hurt the Turkish people, opening a wound that’s hard to fix in our relations,” said the foreign ministry in a statement, according to the AP.

A spokesman for Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also said in a tweet on Sunday that Biden’s position was “irresponsible and unprincipled.”

“President Erdoğan opened Turkey’s national archives & called for a joint historical committee to investigate the events of 1915, to which Armenia never responded. It is a pity @POTUS has ignored, among others, this simple fact and taken an irresponsible and unprincipled position.”

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About Joel Cholo Brooks 13591 Articles
Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.
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