A year after the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, its recognition process has entered the political arena at the state level, Ashot Melkonyan, an expert in Turkish studies and deputy dean of the faculty of Oriental Studies at the Yerevan State University, told media.
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.
U.S. President Barack Obama will refrain from describing the 1915 mass deportations and killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey as genocide, it emerged on Thursday.
In a move criticized by Ankara, but welcomed by Yerevan and the world’s far-flung Armenian Diaspora, Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, on Thursday voted in favor of a resolution that formally recognizes the mass killings and deportations of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey as genocide.
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.
United States President Barack Obama will have his “final opportunity” on April 24 to “use the presidency to speak plainly about the Armenian genocide”, according to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the lead sponsor of the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution in Congress.
The Turkish government has cautioned Germany against classifying a century-old Ottoman Empire campaign to deport and kill Armenians as genocide.
Post-Centennial Reality: World reacts less vigorously to Armenian Genocide commemorations on 101st anniversary
Unlike last year’s 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, this year there is less international attention to the commemorations being held in Yerevan on the 101st anniversary of the Ottoman-era massacres.
Armenia’s political leadership, representatives of ruling and opposition political parties visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial at Tsitsernakaberd, Yerevan, today to pay tribute to the victims of the Ottoman-era massacres remembered every year on April 24.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned Germany against formally recognizing the World War I killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide.