U.S Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders vows to recognise Armenian genocide
U.S. Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders on Friday expressed his continued support for the reaffirmation of the recognition of the Armenian genocide and vowed to address it as such during the annual presidential statement on the April 24 Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.
When asked by members of the press if he would use the word genocide to describe the 1915 massacre of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, Sanders responded by saying, “Yes, the debate is now over,” Massis Post website said.
Turkey denies that the killing of Armenians constituted genocide, saying that massacres had taken place during the war, but that these had not been organised with an intent to destroy the minority.
The governments and parliaments of 29 countries, including Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Russia, have recognised the events of 1915 as such.
Previous U.S. Presidents who vowed to recognise the massacre on its anniversary of April 24 as genocide have failed to uphold their promise.
Senator Sanders is currently a co-sponsor of the Armenian Genocide Resolution S.Res.150, spearheaded by Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX).