Paul Krekorian Statement on Obama’s Refusal to Recognize Genocide

LA City Councilmember Paul Krekorian

LOS ANGELES- City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, the first Armenian-American elected to city government in Los Angeles, responded to President Barack Obama’s refusal to refer to the mass killing and deportation of 1.5 million Armenians beginning in 1915 in what is today Turkey as a genocide. Krekorian said:

“America has always been a beacon of hope to people throughout the world who yearn for freedom and seek to escape tyranny and oppression. It is especially shameful that our government yields its own freedom to a foreign power, especially one that bears responsibility for one of the most grotesque examples of tyranny and oppression in world history. Turkey’s paranoid obsession with denying its moral responsibility for the Armenian Genocide is an outrage in the modern world. By allowing Turkey’s leaders to decide how we can or cannot speak about historical truth, our own government fails to uphold its own fundamental principles of freedom. Turkey’s supposed importance as an ‘ally’ is a miserable excuse, especially since that government has so often failed to support American military and foreign policy needs, and even now is failing to take reasonable steps to stop Islamist outrages in Syria and elsewhere in the region. Our country was born when we stood up against the mightiest nation on Earth—certainly we should now have the strength and moral courage to stand up to Turkish denialists.”

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Led by Krekorian, the City of Los Angeles holds Armenian Genocide Commemoration events each year. The State of California also recognizes the Armenian Genocide, as do millions of Armenian and non-Armenian people throughout the world.

Los Angeles Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration
Krekorian and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti are hosting the City of LA’s official Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration this Thursday on the steps of City Hall, where they will plant a pomegranate tree to memorialize the genocide.

Thursday, April 23, 3 p.m.
Los Angeles City Hall (South Lawn)
200 N. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Emcee: Araksya Karapetyan, Anchor, Good Day LA, Fox 11 Morning News

Performances by:
Element Band
Nairi Dance Group
Girair Bozoghlian
Duduk Players from Lark Musical Society

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, represents Council District 2, which includes North Hollywood, Studio City, Valley Village and other communities in the east San Fernando Valley. His website is, where you can sign up for news updates. Visit him on Twitter (@PaulKrekorian) or Facebook:


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  1. Raffi Bairamian said:

    Thank you Mr Krekorian for your comment. It is a disgrace for US that Mr Obama is denying the Armenian Genocide we were expecting from him to take a courageous position after that his Holyness the Pope has recently recognized the Armenian Genocide. All Armenians around the world are offended by Mr Obama’s Position.

  2. Areg said:

    Obama and H. Clinton are lost memories. Both are not trustworthy. Both are double faced unprincipled fake politicians and both have fooled the Armenian people over and over again. Thinking of it and quite honestly Clinton’s presence in Yerevan on April 24’th is a bad news for Armenians as a whole. Please do not greet her .She can go to Turkey instead.

  3. Ione Rowe said:

    Thank you Mr Krekorian for your comment. It is disgraceful that Obama once again is denying the Genocide. However as Erdogan slowly takes Turkey backwards 400 years and creates an islamist state. Your only worry should be to do your best for the citizens of Los Angeles. Let Obama stew in his own disgrace as he slowly becomes a disgrasce to the human race that we all knew he already was.

  4. Ara Khatcherian said:

    Thank you Baron Krekorian
    Your true efforts are highly appreciated
    May God Bless you
    Ara & Family

  5. GeorgeMardig said:

    Mr. Obama is doing a great job by destroying the image of Turkey worldwide, same time he is keeping Erdogan in check, the President is not doing any good to Turkey, the longer takes the recognition, more the damage to Turkey, if not this year, it will be next year or the following year, but not before destroying Turkey’s image worldwide. THANK YOU MR: OBAMA