Turkey ratifies parliament resolution on U.S. Armenian genocide recognition
A Turkish parliament approved resolution, declaring U.S. President Joe Biden’s recognition of the Armenian genocide as null and void, was published in the Official Gazette on Wednesday.
On April 24, Biden became the first U.S. president to formally recognise the mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman Empire during World War I as genocide, a label that Turkey strongly rejects.
The resolution over the U.S. declaration was put to vote in Turkish parliament on Tuesday with the signature of Parliamentary Speaker Mustafa Şentop, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
The resolution was approved in a four to one vote, it said.
Four parties, including the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), the centre-right nationalist Good Party (İYİP), and the government ally far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) voted in favour of the resolution, while the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) voted against it.
Turkey reject that the killings over a century ago constitute a genocide and maintains that the Ottoman-era deaths occurred under wartime conditions without planning or forethought, and were at a much lower scale than the academic near-consensus of 1.5 million Christians.