(April 22, 2021) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after reports that the
Biden administration will formally recognize the century-old atrocities
committed by the Ottoman Empire against Armenians as genocide, marking the 106th
anniversary of the atrocities that took the lives of 1.5 million Armenians
beginning in 1915.
time that the United States formally recognized the crimes committed against the Armenian people for what
they were – genocide,” said Senator Markey.
“I applaud the Biden administration for taking this step that many have
pledged, but none have fulfilled. As we approach the 106th anniversary of the
first genocide of the 20th century, we not only remember the 1.5 million
Armenians who lost their lives, but embark on a new era in history in which the
United States formally recognizes the atrocities committed against them.
and many of my colleagues have been calling for years for the United States to
take this step of acknowledgment and place us firmly on the right side of
history. The only way to seek to live up to the phrase ‘never again’ is to
honestly and openly accept the past. The Biden administration has rightfully
placed human rights at the center of U.S. foreign policy and this step will
send an important message to those around the world who think they can commit
abuses without consequence. I thank the Armenian-American community for their
decades of passionate advocacy in their fight for recognition, and I will
continue to stand with them as we strive to heal the wounds of the past.
Together we can build something positive, something hopeful, something good for
the future – an Armenia that is respected and honored by its allies and
March 19, 2021, Senator Markey joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and 35
colleagues in a letter
on President Biden to become the first U.S. President to officially recognize
the Armenian Genocide.