Closure of the US embassy in Turkey for two days as a “precaution”

Photo from the file: General view of the United States Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, December 20, 2016. Reuters / Umit Paktas

The United States Embassy in Ankara announced on Saturday that it will be closed on the next Monday and Tuesday Out of caution against the dangers of demonstrating against it Official recognition of the Armenian Genocide by US President Joe Biden.

“There may be demonstrations or protests as a result of the White House statement on April 24 Which commemorates all those who died in the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Era, “warns a note on the commission’s website.

As a “precautionary measure,” the embassy in Ankara, as well as the general consulate in Istanbul and the consulates of Adana and Izmir, will be closed next Monday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 27.The statement says.

In addition, he warns US citizens to “avoid areas around US government buildings” and Be careful “in places where Americans or foreigners can meet.”

A file photo of US President Joe Biden at the White House on January 25, 2021 (Reuters / Kevin Lamarck)
A file photo of US President Joe Biden at the White House on January 25, 2021 (Reuters / Kevin Lamarck)

Several senior officials in the Turkish government and ruling party, the Islamist Justice and Development Party, strongly condemned Biden’s decision to use the word genocide for the first time at this ceremony, refusing to describe the 1915 massacres with that term.

The strongest condemnation came from Dawlat Bahceli, the leader of the ultra-nationalist movement party and a coalition partner of the Justice and Development Party, which defended the deportations of Armenians in 1915 as “a correct and balanced decision.” He accused the United States of “leaving the alliance,” so “nothing will be the same as before.”

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But also the IYI National Party and the Socialist Republican People’s Democratic Party, which are forming an opposition coalition, protested Biden’s use of the term. Historically incorrect.

Only the leftist HDP, which ranks third in parliament, asked society to recognize the past and “face the shame of the Armenian genocide.”

A copy of the announcement made by the President of the United States, Joe Biden "Genocide" The massacre of Armenians by Turkey in the early twentieth century (Reuters / Don Pisin)
A copy of the statement of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, in which he declared the massacre of Armenians at the hands of Turkey at the beginning of the twentieth century a “genocide” (Reuters / Don Bisin)

“Every year, on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman era and we pledge once again to prevent these atrocities from happening again,” with this phrase Joe Biden became the first US president to classify the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide. During the First World War.

The president’s announcement came through a statement on Saturday, April 24, coinciding with a new anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide in 1915, when forces from the Ottoman Empire fought Tsarist Russia during World War I in the region it is today. Armenia. “The American people honor all the Armenians who died in the genocide that began today 106 years ago,” the president said, so that there is no doubt about his recognition.

The statement is likely Tensions increase with Turkey, A NATO ally vehemently rejects this designation that has already been adopted by many countries, including France and Russia. However, in the text, Biden seeks to reconcile:We confirm the date. We don’t do this to blame anyone, but to make sure what happened never happens again.

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With information from EFE

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