Left Menu
Development News Edition

Armenia hails U.S. move to recognize Armenian "genocide" a century ago

Armenia hails U.S. move to recognize Armenian "genocide" a century ago
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Armenia on Tuesday praised the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of a resolution recognizing the mass killings of Armenians a century ago as "genocide", a move denounced by Turkey as "null and void". "I salute the historic U.S. Congress vote recognizing the Armenian Genocide," Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday.

"Resolution 296 is a bold step towards serving truth and historical #justice that also offers comfort to millions of descendants of the Armenian Genocide survivors". The Democratic-controlled House voted 405-11 for a resolution asserting it is U.S. policy to commemorate as genocide the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923. The Ottoman Empire was centered in present-day Turkey.

The vote marked the first time in 35 years that such legislation was considered in the full House, underscoring widespread frustration in Congress with the Turkish government on the part of both Democrats and President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans. Predominantly Muslim Turkey, which has no diplomatic ties with neighboring Armenia, says many Christian Armenians were killed in partisan fighting during World War One but denies that this amounted to genocide. Ankara says there was no organized campaign to wipe out Armenians and no evidence of any such orders from the Ottoman authorities.

Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan thanked the U.S. Congress for the decision. "Massive message against #denialism. Deep gratitude to each of 405 votes. Empowered to work anew for the prevention of mass atrocities anywhere in the world," he posted on Twitter.

Armenians at home and abroad welcomed the resolution. "I'm very positive about the adoption of this resolution on the Armenian genocide," said Artur, a middle-aged resident of the capital Yerevan.

"Wow Look at these incredible numbers!!! The U.S. just recognized the Armenian genocide!!!!" tweeted Kim Kardashian, a U.S. reality TV star with Armenian heritage. Turkey's Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning the resolution as "devoid of any historical or legal basis". It added: "As a meaningless political step, its sole addressees are the Armenian lobby and anti-Turkey groups."

Also Read: Trump imposes sanctions on Turkey, says prepared to 'swiftly destroy' its economy

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)



JNU Administration's 100-meter challenge before JNUSU

For the first time in its history, Jawaharlal Nehru University JNU Administration is seeking permanent deployment of local police to keep protesting students at 100 meters away from the Administrative Block. It would be interesting to see h...

Sentiment Analysis of Twitter users during COP25: Governments losing trust on Climate Action

Sentiment analysis of Twitter users during COP25 in Madrid, being held from December 2-13, shows widespread fear on climate change due to global warming but almost no trust on governments in meeting the emission targets. In the analysis the...

These innovators are making humanitarian response more efficient

These alarming trends prompt a call for the world to not only address the ongoing crisis but also to adopt innovative approaches to fulfill the growing humanitarian needs in such emergencies. ...

Hyderabad Encounter: A sentiment analysis of public mood on day of encounter

Sentiment analysis of twitter users revealed that they showered salutes on Hyderabad police for eliminating alleged gang rapists of the veterinary doctor but only a few believe in cops version of successive events leading to encounter....


Latest News

Anti-Citizenship Act protest: Entry, exit gates of Sukhdev Vihar closed

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation closed the entry and exit gates of the Sukhdev Vihar Metro station on Sunday evening in view of the violent protest in southeast Delhi against the amended Citizenship Act.As advised by Delhi Police, entry e...

UP boy booked for hoax bomb threat about Salman Khan's house

A 16-year-old boy from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh has been booked for allegedly sending a hoax e-mail to Mumbai Police, claiming that a bomb was set to go off at Bollywood actor Salman Khans residence in suburban Bandra, officials said on S...

10-year-old girl sent to juvenile home for killing classmate over pen-snatching issue in Jaipur

A 10-year-old girl was sent to a juvenile home here on Sunday for allegedly killing her classmate hitting her using an iron rod after the two got into an argument over snatching a pen, police said. Also, the girls parents were produced befo...

MP govt receives 13 applications to open resort bars in tiger

The Madhya Pradesh government has received 13 applications to open resort bars in Bandhavgarh and Kanha tiger reserves and other forest areas, after license fees were slashed. The move will lead to availability of liquor for tourists visit...

Give Feedback