Radanovich Urges Genocide Bill Mark Up in Committee

WASHINGTON–Congressman George Radanovich (R-Calif.)–in a letter Wednesday to the chairman of the House International Relations Committee Rep. Benjamin Gilman (R-NY)–asked that a mark-up be scheduled for House Concurrent Resolution 55–the Armenian Genocide Resolution.

Radanovich visited Dzidzernagabert last week where he laid a wreath at the Armenian Genocide monument.

He held a press conference at the adjacent Genocide Museum–where he stressed the importance of Genocide recognition by the international community and Turkey.

"The [US] House of Representatives must take such steps to encourage the international community–including Turkey–to recognize the Armenian Genocide," expressed Radanovich–explaining that such atrocities must never be committed.

The text of the letter follows:

Dear Chairman Gilman:

I am writing to encourage your committee to schedule a mark-up for H. Con. Res. 55–the Armenian Genocide Resolution.

You demonstrated superb leadership in the 104th Congress in organizing committee hearings on the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923. Those critical hearings helped further educate members–policy makers–and the general public about the atrocities that took place during this period. The time has long since arrived for all governmen’s to publicly acknowledge and rebuke this fatal chapter in the history of human events.

Therefore–I urge you to schedule a mark-up in the International Relations Committee for H. Con. Res. 55. This measure–which I introduced on March 21–1997,–along with Rep. David Bonior–honors the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. As with similar resolutions in the past–this measure enjoys widespread bipartisan support–much of which comes from distinguished members of your Committee.

Letting the memory of Armenian victims wither–I believe–would be irresponsible. Closing our eyes to this historic tragedy would not only dishonor the millions of Armenia’s who lost their lives–but also shame all other past innocents and the lives they never saw blossom.

Again–I ask for you continued resolve and competent leadership on this vital issue.

Respectfully,

[signed] George Radanovich

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