President of the United States of America
The White House
Washington, D. C.
It is with deep appreciation and exhilaration that we express to you the gratitude of the more than one-million-strong Armenian-American community on the occasion of the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, because you made history by recognizing that great human tragedy in its true definition as genocide.
True to your lifelong pursuit of human rights and in line with the noble ideals of our founding fathers, you chose to be on the right side of history.
For many years, this tragic event of history remained a casualty of political expediency, until you came to stand tall and with the highest degree of honesty and truthfulness defined this mass atrocity with the name that it deserves.
The United States, which personifies the principles of human dignity, has historically stood by the victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide, beginning with US Ambassador Henry Morgenthau, a witness of the tragedy in 1915, and President Woodrow Wilson, whose arbitration of the rights of minorities and wisdom to support the Sèvres Treaty defined the trampled rights of the victims of this great tragedy, all the way to the Near East Relief organization, which provided care, food and hope to the survivors of the genocide.
Your noble proclamation on this occasion raises you to the level of all our American leaders who have made history by enunciating and giving life to American values.
Your proclamation comes to certify and complement the legislative actions undertaken in 2019 by the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States.
This timely action by the executive and legislative branches of the world’s most powerful nation is a most proper moral and historic lesson to the deniers of the Armenian Genocide.
The descendants of the perpetrators of the Genocide in Turkey are still in a state of denial. Even more, the armed forces of the Republic of Turkey, along with its ally Azerbaijan, have been concentrating their troops along the borders of the Republic of Armenia, with the open threat of bringing to its completion the annihilation of the Armenian people which had begun 106 years ago.
America’s courageous stand draws red lines for any power of ill will harboring genocidal intentions towards the Armenian people.
The Armenian people all around the world will mark this historic occasion with gratitude and remember it forever.
Armenian Democratic Liberal Party Supreme Council
Boston, April 24, 2021
[For President Biden’s April 24, 2021 statement, go here]