It’s long past time for Britain to recognise the Armenian genocide

The Times says in April 24, 1915, the Ottoman Empire embarked on one of the most appalling episodes of savagery in modern history: 1.5 million Armenians were either massacred.

It’s long past time for Britain to recognise the Armenian genocide

The Times says in April 24, 1915, the Ottoman Empire embarked on one of the most appalling episodes of savagery in modern history: 1.5 million Armenians were either massacred, marched into death camps, or starved to death in a methodical campaign of terror. The origin of the word “genocide” and its recognition in international law are a legacy of that tragic period in Armenia’s history.

Yet today the lessons of the Armenian Genocide risk being lost to history through a failure of conscience. With its ever more pivotal role in the politics of the Black Sea region and of the volatile Caucasus, where Armenia has been in a weakened state since the 2020 war with Azerbaijan, Turkey persists with its denial of the dark period of the Armenian.

But we cannot credibly denounce the atrocities of the 21st Century if we refuse to acknowledge the crimes of the 20th Century that helped shape our world. The British government has an opportunity to right a grave wrong and set an example to the world by recognising the Armenian Genocide and establishing an annual commemoration of its anniversary, which is observed each year by the Armenian nation on April 24.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/its-long-past-time-for-britain-to-recognise-the-armenian-genocide-2nc73vmpj

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