The worst legacy of the genocide, its impunity, says Armenian foreign minister

This content was published on 04 May 2021 – 08:58

Moscow, Apr 4 (EFE) .- “The saddest legacy of the Armenian genocide is its impunity,” Ara Aivazián, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, assures in an interview with EFE, who highlights the historical importance of the recent recognition as genocide of the tragedy that occurred under the Ottoman Empire by US President Joe Biden.

“The saddest legacy of the Armenian genocide is its impunity, and the fact that the organizers and perpetrators escaped international justice,” says Aivazian in a videoconference from Yerevan, the Armenian capital.

For this reason, Aivazián considers that Biden’s recognition of April 24 as “genocide” of the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire “is a wake-up call for the democratic community” and a “sign of security. “in the face of future aggressions, clearly alluding to Turkey.

“Biden’s statement, I believe, will be a strong impulse for the recognition of our tragedy (…). I would say that it is the moment of truth,” he predicts.

The person in charge of Armenian diplomacy warns about the “expansionist” plans of Turkey, which he accuses of “planning” the recent war in Nagorno Karabakh (2020), where “war crimes” were committed, according to Aivazian.

“It is not just about the right to truth and historical justice, but that impunity always inspires new crimes of the State,” he insists.

Aivazián recalls that it was the extermination between 1915 and 1923 of one and a half million Armenians that coined the concept of genocide and the legal bases for its prevention at the international level.

With that of the United States, there are already thirty countries that have recognized the tragedy of this ancient people as genocide, which Turkey does not consider a crime against humanity and relates it to the events that occurred in the context of the First World War.

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The first state to support the Armenian cause was Uruguay, which took the historic step in 1965. It was followed by recognition from France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Russia, Argentina, Paraguay, Venezuela, Chile and Bolivia, among others.

Among the countries that have recognized the genocide, Israel does not appear, despite the fact that Jews were victims of the Holocaust.

The struggle of Armenia and its diaspora, part of which arose precisely after the genocide, will not cease with American recognition, since the main objective of the Armenians is to obtain Turkish recognition in order to open a new page in the history of both countries. EFE

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