ANCA Western Region Statement on House Leadership’s Opposition to the Schiff Amendment

"We are deeply disappointed with the statement issued by the Congressional Leadership with regard to Congressman Adam Schiff’s amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill. It is unfortunate that our Congressional Leaders have capitulated to the empty threats by the Turkish Republic." As long as our Congressional Leaders oppose reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide and refuse to support bills such as HR 193 and SR 164–they remain complicit in the denial and perpetration of other subsequent genocides. As Americans–we must urge our leaders to promote human rights–liberty and dignity instead of stifling the voice of those who have suffered and continue to be subjected to acts of inhumanity. Whether it is the current genocide in the Sudan–or the genocide of the Armenia’s 89 years ago–our Congress has a moral obligation to condemn such acts of inhumanity. We challenge the current Republican Leadership in Congress and President Bush to heed the advice of another great Republican–President Theodore Roosevelt–who in 1918 warned that "?the failure to deal radically with the Turkish horror [Armenian Genocide] means that all talk of guaranteeing the future peace of the world is mischievous nonsense." We call on the Congressional Leadership and the Bush Administration to allow the Schiff Amendment to stand and to schedule HR 193 for an immediate vote. It is imperative that we show the world that on matters of human rights–the United States will never be bullied by a foreign power. "We are deeply disappointed with the statement issued by the Congressional Leadership with regard to Congressman Adam Schiff’s amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill. It is unfortunate that our Congressional Leaders have capitulated to the empty threats by the Turkish Republic." As long as our Congressional Leaders oppose reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide and refuse to support bills such as HR 193 and SR 164–they remain complicit in the denial and perpetration of other subsequent genocides. As Americans–we must urge our leaders to promote human rights–liberty and dignity instead of stifling the voice of those who have suffered and continue to be subjected to acts of inhumanity. Whether it is the current genocide in the Sudan–or the genocide of the Armenia’s 89 years ago–our Congress has a moral obligation to condemn such acts of inhumanity. We challenge the current Republican Leadership in Congress and President Bush to heed the advice of another great Republican–President Theodore Roosevelt–who in 1918 warned that "?the failure to deal radically with the Turkish horror [Armenian Genocide] means that all talk of guaranteeing the future peace of the world is mischievous nonsense." We call on the Congressional Leadership and the Bush Administration to allow the Schiff Amendment to stand and to schedule HR 193 for an immediate vote. It is imperative that we show the world that on matters of human rights–the United States will never be bullied by a foreign power.

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