AADLC Calls On Gore to Reject Turkish Denial of the Genocide

*AADLC reminds Gore of 1990 vote in the Senate for Genocide Bill.

Washington–The Armenian American Democratic Leadership Council (AADLC) has called upon Vice President Al Gore to reaffirm his past support for the appropriate commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. The request–made personally to the Vice-President by AADLC Executive Director Alex Sardar at a recent Democratic National Committee conference in Washington–DC–was communicated again to him in a letter sent on March 23–1999.

"As a Senator–it is well known among Americans of Armenian heritage–that in 1990 Al Gore voted for the Armenian Genocide resolution," commented AADLC Executive Director Alex Sardar after forwarding AADLC’s letter to the Vice- President.

"Since his election as Vice-President–he has backed away from this principled position–refusing even to use the word `genocide’ in his letters to his strongest Armenian American supporters," the letter added.

"We call upon the Vice-President to stand up for the truth–affirm the historical record of the Armenian Genocide–and bring an end to the safe haven that the White House has provided for the Turkish government’s shameful campaign of denial," added Sardar.

Former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley–the only other announced Democratic presidential candidate–voted in 1990 for the Armenian Genocide resolution and has supported a broad range of Armenian American issues.

Concerned Democrats can contact the office of the Vice President’s foreign policy advisor–Leon Fuerth–by calling (202) 456-9501.

The text of the AADLC letter to the Vice President appears below.government’s shameful campaign of denial," added Sardar.

Former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley–the only other announced Democratic presidential candidate–voted in 1990 for the Armenian Genocide resolution and has supported a broad range of Armenian American issues.

Concerned Democrats can contact the office of the Vice President’s foreign policy advisor–Leon Fuerth–by calling (202) 456-9501.

The text of the AADLC letter to the Vice President appears below.

Dear Vice-President Gore:

I am writing to urge you to affirm your past support for the proper commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

As a Senator–in 1990–you rejected the politically-motivated denials of the Turkish government and voted for the Armenian Genocide resolution. Since your election as Vice President–however–you have retreated from this principled stand–specifically and repeatedly failing to use the word ‘genocide’ to describe Ottoman Turkey’s systematic and deliberate destruction of the Armenian people. This policy of not using the term "genocide" is reflected–to the best of our knowledge–in all your official statemen’s and throughout your public record as Vice President. We are deeply troubled by this clear and distinct reversal of policy–for which the American people–and particularly those of Armenian heritage–deserve a full explanation.

Our community knows you as a great humanitarian and as a champion of human rights. We have repeatedly and respectfully called upon you to stand up for the truth–affirm the historical record of the Armenian Genocide–and bring an end to the safe haven that the White House has provided for the Turkish government’s shameful campaign of denial.

In this spirit–we are interested in learning of the reasoning behind your reversal in policy on this issue of critical importance to the over one and a half million Americans of Armenian heritage.

We eagerly await your reply.

Sincerely, Alex Sardar Executive Director

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