News | 05.03.10 | 14:58
Armenian groups in America welcome House Committee vote on Genocide Resolution
By a narrow vote of 23 to 22 the United States Congress House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday approved House Resolution 252 calling on the U.S. Government to acknowledge that the deaths of up to 1.5 million Ottoman Armenians in 1915-23 constitute genocide. (The next step in the resolution process would be for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call for a vote of all 435 congresspersons.)
The Armenian Assembly of Armenia, a Washington-based advocacy group, said the debate “raised questions about the Turkish government’s credibility whose claim for reconciliation is contradicted by its persistent opposition to affirming the U.S. record and which wages an international campaign of denial, despite widespread international recognition.”
“The truth prevailed today, and the cause of genocide affirmation and prevention has been furthered. The United States record on the Armenian Genocide is clear, voluminous, and unambiguous, a matter recognized by President Ronald Reagan and by President Obama in a number of campaign statements. We commend the leadership of Chairman Howard Berman and all those who supported the bill's passage, which was introduced by Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), George Radanovich (R-CA), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL),” said Armenian Assembly of America Executive Director Bryan Ardouny in a statement disseminated by the group (www.aaainc.org) following the vote on March 4.
The Armenian National Committee of America (www.anca.org), another powerful Armenian group in the United States, also hailed the vote outcome and pledged further effort to achieve a final passage of the resolution in U.S. House of Representatives.
“We’re proud the Committee succeeded in opposing Turkish government’s policy of negation of Armenian Genocide. We’ll continue working with Congressmen and American Armenian community towards final passage of resolution in US House of representatives,” ANCA spokeswoman Elizabeth Chuljyan told PanARMENIAN.Net
The resolution calling for the affirmation of the Armenian Genocide in the US has been supported by a broad range of Armenian-American community organizations, among which are also Armenian General Benevolent Union, Knights of Vartan, World Armenian Congress and more than a dozen others.