Armenians in Armenia and around the world today commemorate the victims of the Armenian Genocide. The Ottoman-era massacres became the first genocide of the 20th century and that “great calamity” is marked today on its 101st anniversary.
Last week’s resolution adopted by the German Parliament, the Bundestag, will be a signal for other countries to consider starting an Armenian Genocide recognition process, said Hayk Demoyan, the head of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan.
West Virginia became the 44th state of the USA to recognize the Armenian Genocide with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s proclamation declaring April 2016 as “Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month” in the Mountain State, reports the Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region (ANCA-ER).
Armenian advocacy groups based in the United States and worldwide have issued statements welcoming the passage by the German Parliament, the Bundestag, of a resolution formally labeling the Ottoman-era killings and deportations of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide.
The resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide that was adopted in the German Bundestag on June 2 is important for Armenia in part because it addresses Armenian-Turkish relations, Giro Manoyan, a chief foreign policy spokesman for the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF, Dashnaktsutyun), told reporters in Yerevan on Friday, adding that the German government is now committed to pursuing steps in this direction.
U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday marked the anniversary of the Ottoman Turks’ massacre of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 by a statement addressed to the Armenian American community, but once again stopped short of labeling it a genocide. Instead, he again used a phrase that Armenians themselves often use in describing the events.
The Turkish government has cautioned Germany against classifying a century-old Ottoman Empire campaign to deport and kill Armenians as genocide.
The German Bundestag’s resolution on the Armenian Genocide may become a straitjacket to restrict Turkey’s political ambitions in relation with the issue of Syrian refugees, Turkish study expert Ruben Melkonyan told media in Yerevan on Wednesday.
The New York Times has published a series of photographs by ArmeniaNow photojournalist Nazik Armenakyan made as part of a project commemorating the 1915 Genocide of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey.
The commemoration of the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide this year is accompanied by lingering tensions in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone where about a hundred Armenian soldiers as well as civilians were killed in an aggression unleashed by Azerbaijan earlier this month.