Turkish President Erdogan addresses members of the parliament from his ruling AK Party during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey April 24, 2018. Some SoCal lawmakers at the Montebello event noted that a congressional resolution aims to give official USA recognition to the genocide.
The President's full statement is provided below.
Argentina, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Russia, and Uruguay are among almost 30 countries that formally recognized the Armenian genocide.
Armenia global Henrikh Mkhitaryan has issued a message commemorating the Armenian Genocide and calling for its worldwide recognition. The Montebello event was held in advance of Tuesday's worldwide commemoration of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.
It is time to internationally recognize this crime against humanity and to empower modern society's commitment to prevent repetition of such atrocities.
Turkey has repeatedly insisted that the murders of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire were merely a casualty of World War I and not targeted specifically at the ethnic population. The practice of genocide has occurred throughout human history. It was reportedly read in Armenian and Turkish.
President Ronald Reagan reaffirmed the Armenian Genocide in 1981. Forty eight US states have recognized the Armenian Genocide through resolution or proclamation.
The Turkish president offered condolences to the families of Ottoman Armenians who lost their lives during the 1915 events. "We underscore the importance of acknowledging and reckoning with the painful elements of the past as a necessary step towards creating a more tolerant future".
Today we commemorate the Meds Yeghern, one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century, when one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.
"We also want to remember all those who helped victims, all those who helped rebuild Armenian civilization and culture".