Genocide to be Marked On Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON–Members of Congress will join the Armenian-American community in a Congressional Observance on Capitol Hill marking the 82nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish government. The Congressional Observance–co-hosted by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and US representatives Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.)–Martin Meehan (D-Mass.)–David Bonior (D-Mich.)–and George Radanovich (R-Calif.)–is sponsored by the Armenian National Committee and will take place on April 22 at the State Caucus Room (SR-325)–located on the third floor of the Russell Senate Office Building. The Congressional Observance will allow Armenian-Americans the opportunity to pay tribute to those Members of Congress who have been supportive of initiatives to recognize and commemorate the Armenian Genocide. This year’s co-hosts–Senator Reed and representatives Meehan–Knollenberg–Bonior and Radanovich–have consistently supported such initiatives in Congress. The five law makers were among the co-sponsors of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H. Con. Res. 47) during the 104th Congress. In June 1996–Representatives Radanovich and Bonior sponsored legislation cutting $3 million in United States aid to Turkey until that government acknowledges the Armenian Genocide. Attending the Genocide Observance–in addition to Members of Congress–will be survivors of the Armenian Genocide–representatives of the Administration–leaders of human rights organizations–and members of the Armenian-American community. Last Friday–Radanovich and Bonior teamed up again in spearheading legislation calling on Congress to honor the victims of the Armenian Genocide and encourage Turkey to acknowledge this atrocity–reported the Armenian National Committee of America. "The entire Armenian-American community appreciates the leadership that Congressmen Radanovich and Bonior have shown in introducing this legislation and in impressing upon Turkey that it must end its shameless campaign to deny the Armenian Genocide," said Aram Hamparian–Executive Director of the ANCA. "By finally coming to terms with this tragic chapter in its history–the Turkish government can help reduce long-standing regional tensions and–in so doing–open the door to improved relations with Armenia," added Hamparian. For further information–contact the Armenian National Committee (80 Bigelow Ave.–Watertown–MA 02172; 617-923-1918/Fax 617-926-5525; E-mail ANCER@compuserve.com).

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