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.
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).
Furious Turkey has summoned Germany’s charge d’affaires in Ankara and is recalling its ambassador from Berlin “for consultations” in the wake of a Bundestag resolution formally labeling the Ottoman-era massacres of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide.
Ankara has warned Berlin over a bill that would recognize the Ottoman-era mass killings and deportations of Armenians as genocide ahead of a Bundestag session focused on the motion.
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.
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.
The Regional Assembly of Sicily became the 105th local self-government body in Italy to recognize the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.
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.
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.
In his inaugural year in office, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.