Over 100 U.S. Representatives Call On President Bush to Honor His Armenian Genocide Pledge

Bipartisan Letter Urges President to Properly Characterize the Armenian Genocide as a Genocide in his April 24th Remarks

WASHINGTON–DC–In a strong showing of bipartisan support–over a hundred U.S. Representatives have signed a Congressional letter urging President George W. Bush to honor his pledge to properly recognize the Armenian Genocide.

In public statemen’s and letters to Armenian American organizations and individuals–then Governor Bush affirmed that: "The twentieth century was marred by wars of unimaginable brutality–mass murder and genocide. History records that the Armenia’s were the first people of the last century to have endured these cruelties. The Armenia’s were subjected to a genocidal campaign that defies comprehension and comman’s all decent people to remember and acknowledge the facts and lessons of an awful crime in a century of bloody crimes against humanity. If elected President–I would ensure that our nation properly recognizes the tragic suffering of the Armenian people."

The letter to the President was circulated by the Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues–Representatives Joe Knollenberg and Frank Pallone–as well as the two lead sponsors of last year’s Armenian Genocide Resolution–Representatives David Bonior and George Radanovich. Along with over 100 of their House colleagues–they are urging the President to "formally acknowledge this brutal episode in human history and describe it for what it was – a genocide."

In a joint letter to members of the U.S. House last month–the Armenian Assembly of America and the Armenian National Committee of America wrote that–"by signing this letter you will join with Armenian-Americans throughout the United States–with citizens of all backgrounds who care about human rights–and with all those who are troubled by what Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel has called the ‘double killing’ of genocide denial."


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