Georgia State Senate Adopts Genocide Resolution

*Sen. Van Streat spearheads effort following meetings with Georgia’s Armenian community leaders and local Armenian National Committee

WASHINGTON–The Georgia State Senate adopted a resolution recognizing April 24–1999 as "Georgia Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923," reported the Armenian National Committee of Georgia.

State Senator Van Streat introduced and led the efforts to pass Senate Resolution 118–which urges Georgia residents to remember and honor the "one and one half million men–women and children of Armenian descent [who] were the victims of the brutal genocide perpetrated by the Young Turk government of the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923."

The legislation goes on to note that "the denial of the Armenian genocide by the present day Turkish Government continues to antagonize the Armenian people concerning their own rightful place in history."

"By remembering and openly condemning these atrocities we take an active role in preventing future atrocities," remarked Sen. Streat.

"I urge Georgians on April 24th to join the Armenian community in honoring the victims of genocide throughout the world–particularly the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923," added the senator.

Aroutiun and Sarkis Agasarkisian working with the Armenian National Committee–met with Sen. Streat in the days leading up to the introduction and passage of the measure–providing key background information and providing historical documentation.

"We would like to thank Senator Streat for spearheading passage of the Armenian Genocide resolution in the Georgia Senate," stated Aroutiun Agasarkisian.

"Passage of S.R.118 is a testament to the commitment of the people of Georgia to preventing similar tragedies through education about the price of intolerance and the terrible horrors of Genocide."

The text of the Georgia State Senate resolution follows. Honoring the worldwide victims of genocide and recognizing April 24–1999–as "Georgia Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923," and for other purposes.

Whereas–one and one-half million men–women and children of Armenian descent were the victims of the brutal genocide perpetrated by the Young Turk government of the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923; and

Whereas–the Armenian genocide and massacres of Armenian people have been recognized as an attempt to eliminate all traces of a thriving and noble civilization over 3,000 years old; and

Whereas–the denial of the Armenian genocide by the present-day Turkish government continues to antagonize the Armenian people concerning their own rightful place in history; and

Whereas–by consistently remembering and openly condemning the atrocities committed against the Armenia’s–Georgians are highly sensitive to the need for constant vigilance to prevent similar atrocities in the future; and

Whereas–recognition of the eighty-fourth anniversary of this genocide is crucial to guarding against the repetition of future genocides and educating people about the atrocities connected to these horrific events; and

Whereas–Georgia is home to over 500 Armenian families; and

Whereas–Armenian-Americans living in Georgia have greatly enriched our state through their leadership in business–agriculture–academia–government and the arts.

Now–therefore–be it resolved by the Senate that the members of this body join the Armenian community in honoring the memory of the victims of genocide throughout the world and recognize April 24–1999–as "Georgia Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923."

Be it further Resolved that the Senate calls upon the people of Georgia to observe that day by remembering the one and one-half million people of Armenian ancestry who lost their lives during that terrible time.

Be it further Resolved that the Secretary of the State is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to the Armenian Independent Cultural Association of Atlanta–Inc.

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