Senators Call On President Obama to Recognize Armenian Genocide

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Bipartisan Letter, Sent on Eve of Centennial, Presses President to Take a Principled Stand
WASHINGTON—Senators – acting on a bipartisan basis – are calling upon President Obama, to reaffirm the Armenian Genocide, this April, as a clear case of genocide, reported the Armenian National Committee of America.

In a letter sent last week to the White House, fifteen Senators underscored the urgent need – on the eve of the Armenian Genocide Centennial – to properly honor the victims of this crime and underscore America’s principled stand against all genocides – past, present, and future.

“We thank Senators Menendez and Gardner and all their colleagues who joined with them, on a bipartisan basis, in encouraging President Obama to speak openly and honestly about the Armenian Genocide during this April’s Centennial observance of this crime against humanity,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “As we mark the Centennial – with the world’s attention turning to President Obama’s still unmet pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide – our government should, once and forever, reject shameless Ankara’s efforts to enforce a gag-rule on America. Very simply, no nation deserves a ‘veto’ against America’s defense of human rights.”

The Senate letter, lead by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), notes that: “While the United States Congress has a long history of support for the victims and the memory of the Armenian Genocide, the Administration has not formally recognized the atrocities that were perpetrated against the Armenians as ‘genocide'” The Senate signatories stressed that a principled stand by the President would: “send a powerful signal to the international community that this Administration is committed to recognizing the Armenian Genocide, to upholding the ideals of tolerance and universal human rights upon which our country was founded, and to preventing similar atrocities from ever happening again.”

Senate signatories of the Armenian Genocide letter to President Obama include Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Dean Heller (R-NV), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Edward Markey (D-MA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Gary Peters (D-MI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

A separate U.S. House letter, spearheaded by Armenian Caucus Co-Chairmen Robert Dold (R-IL) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ), is also being sent to President Obama. Details to follow.

Read the complete text of the Senate letter.


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  2. Vartkez said:

    Wasn’t it Obama that at one point was the staunch advocate of genocide recognition?, and now the senators are trying to convince or persuade him to take that step? Bunch of games… Armenia’s future is in strong Russo-Armenian relations. For the west and us, Armenia is simply in the way.

    • GeorgeMardig said:

      I agree, for services rendered the US and the West would like to give Armenia as a gift to Turkey , fortunatly mother Russia is protecting Armenia

  3. Ari said:

    The US and European Counties should put a stop to supporting dictatorships and criminal governments around the world. This practice has yielded nothing but money into pockets of Western corporations and the dictators in charge.

    The so called ‘Secular Turkish Republic’ is nothing short of ISIL criminal gangs with genocidal policies against the Christians and other non-Muslim populations. Both have the same goal, i.e. distruction of Christianity from the face of earth. So far, Turks have succeeded in this mission under the watchful eyes of the Americans, the Europeans and not to forget, the Russians.

    I hope that our politicians will wake up soon and recognzie this grim reality.

    Mr. President, please do the right thing and officially recognize the Armenian Genocide. In addition, ask the Turks to give back stolen properties and anciant Armenian lands in accordance with valid international treaties.

  4. SoaringEagle said:

    Senators, I thank each of you from the depth of my heart. Senator Rubio, you have won a supporter who will be moving into your state very soon.

  5. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    Who said Obama did not Recognize ?

    Obama recognized…Our Pains Our Genocide…
    When his name was Barrak Obama (true double rr)

    His name now is President Barak Obama
    He is chained from every site …
    Any movement he is criticized…
    Any word he says… he gets slaps after slaps …
    Calling him Black … although he is only half
    And mothers give all genes to her sons through X- Chromosome
    Which is a real scientific fact and her skin making him lighter
    Than his Y- Chromosome, which is true vey dark black …

    I’m sure he is honest …He will recognize…
    he did not forgot what he said
    “I will recognize”
    He can’t clean that 3 words from History
    From my Poetry Book… Which I feel as a mother,
    Ann wanted to say to her son… but she was already diseased…sighed

    I wanted to say as a mother on her behalf
    My title of the book covered by a painting by an American painter, Nancy Dammen-Jones
    “My Son-My Sun Chants Ann, Obamas’ Mother” 2011
    Which I forwarded to him and to his clever wife
    in 238 condensed historical pages.
    Yet I never heard from him…
    Even a thanks letter.

    Please President O.B,
    Recognize Our Genocide,
    You Are the Last One We Trust

    Please Dr. President Barrak*
    Don’’t cross out our ““Genuine Genocide””
    You are the last one we trust.

    All the past presidents,
    Excluding President Woodrow-Wilson**
    Betrayed us, denying what
    We went through Woodrow-Wilson did not reach His Ambition
    To accomplish the Treaty of Sevres,***

    You’’re the only one,
    We trust If you don’’t heartily act . . .
    Others will reach,
    Crush the Rise
    We depend entirely on You
    You’’re our Master . . .
    Hence our Guide.

    Our tense voices are screams
    From injured vocal cords of ten-million Armenians.
    They exist in every space and around you,
    Protecting you without praise.

    Each lamenting every day,
    On countless innocents dears vanished
    Without hurting even a tiny insect.

    All of Us are waiting for someone like Abraham Lincoln and like You,
    To sign finally, how trustworthy Armenians, deliberately, went through.
    All are waiting for Barrak ‘‘The Blessed’’;
    The calamity of honest nation he historically analyzed, not new.
    To say, “
    “What others did not sign,
    Thus, I Barrak, Must Do.””

    March 12, 2009

  6. Sylva-MD-Poetry said:

    From the Precious Poetry collection
    My Son-My Sun: Chants Ann, Obama’s Mother “page 154.

    Honest Barack Anesthetized His Honest Genes
    But Armenian Honest Genes Breathe Forever

    If President Obama fails to recognize
    The First Noah’’s Land Genocide (1915-1923)
    Thus will encourage slayers to slay the innocents.

    The seed of slaying started from that date . . . and
    Will continue till the earth sighs engulfing us and thems.

    He should not listen to any other than
    His clever Hearted-Mind.
    I’’m soundly sure that
    He can erase the Slayers Genes.

    Every honest, educated human knows . . . He can.
    He can achieve impossible tasks.
    With his ‘‘Talented-Kind-Expressive genes
    Of Stanley Ann’’s Astrocytes, Myocytes, Dendrites.

    We will support Obama always,
    Even though he shut his door on our injured eyelids
    Of a Genocide that still (Us) lacerates . . . scimitarates
    God created cells in our hearts and minds…

    Proud to say,
    Armenian genes possess only one face . . .
    ‘”Love or Hate with Rage… never with Revenge.’”

    He wants to be like Brave President Lincoln
    We wish him a long life . . .
    Hope to achieve what he will do for deprived races.

    Some men want more wealth to build their graves
    Armenians want only recognition of their slayed populace.

    Hence, that honest request is ignored.
    What a cruel world we live in:
    Nobody respects those that have lost
    Their innocent artful genes.

    Dr. Sylva Portoian
    Spring, 2010