What it means for the U.S. to recognize massacre of Armenians as genocide

Catholicos Karekin II, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, attends a ceremony commemorating the 105th anniversary of the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces in 1915, at the Tsitsernakaberd memorial in Yerevan on April 24, 2020. (Karen Minasyan/AFP/Getty Images)
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The massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during World War I is commemorated each year on April 24.

Armenians refer to the mass killings as the Armenian genocide — a term that Turkey rejects and which the United States had for decades refrained from using.

That changed Saturday, when President Biden recognized it as a “genocide” in an annual Remembrance Day declaration.

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Here’s what this could mean.