U.S. should not give Turkey free pass on Armenian genocide, scholar says

U.S. President Joe Biden must acknowledge the Armenian genocide and not give Turkey a free pass on its denial,chairman of Toronto-based NGO Zoryan Institute, Roger Smith, wrote in an op-ed for Asbarez.

Allowing Ankara to deny the atrocity would “only serve to embolden Turkey and other perpetrators of genocide to commit mass violence in the future and get away with it,” Smith wrote.

Turkey's position on the events of 1915 is that the deaths of Armenians, mostly in eastern Anatolia, took place when some sided with invading Russians during World War 1.

Ankara objects to the presentation of these incidents as "genocide," describing them as a fighting in which both sides suffered losses.

The official position of the Turkish state on the Armenian genocide is damaging for “U.S. credibility,” the analyst said, urging Biden to “reject efforts to enlist, engage, or otherwise associate the United States Government with denial of the Armenian Genocide or any other genocide.”

Eeach year, the White House releases a statement on April 24, Armenian Remembrance Day. Official recognition of the massacre as a genocide is seen as an affront to Ankara and many nations, including the United States, still refuse to do so.

Although Turkey is a strategic ally of the United States, there is a whole list of reasons that Washington’s recognition of the genocide could be imminent this year, including the exit of former U.S. President Trump and Biden’s failure to call Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan since his inauguration.

In February, Turkey slammed the Dutch parliament for a motion calling the government led by the liberal prime minister Mark Rutte to recognize the mass killing of Armenians as genocide.