Record Numbers Set to Watch Webcast of Armenian Genocide Vote

Thousands of Armenia’s from the United States and throughout the world are expected to watch the live internet Webcast this Thursday of a key Congressional panel’s consideration of Armenian Genocide legislation.

For the first time in nearly five years–the influential US House International Relations Committee is scheduled to discuss and vote on the issue. In October of 2000–the panel voted 24 to 11 to approve the Armenian Genocide Resolution–but the measure was eventually withdrawn from consideration only minutes before it was to go before the full House of Representatives.

"We have been tremendously encouraged by the growing number of Armenia’s who are taking advantage of webcast technology to watch–in real time–the Committee’s consideration of legislation on the Armenian Genocide," said ANCA’s Hamparian. "We join with Armenia’s throughout the United States in looking forward to this opportunity to watch the legislative process in action."

The Committee meeting will be held at 10:30 am in room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Among the other issues which are set to be considered by the panel during its September 15 meeting are the following:

-HConRes238: Honoring the victims of the Cambodian Genocide that took place from April 1975 to January 1979;

-HRes38: Expressing support for the accession of Israel to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

-HRes388: Regarding the July 2005 measures of extreme repression on the part of the Cuban Government against members of Cuba’s pro-democracy movement;

-HRes409: Condemning the Government of Zimbabwe’s "Operation Murambatsvina";

-HConRes237: Welcoming President Chen Shui-bian of Taiwan to the US on September 20–2005.

To watch the live Webcast (Thursday–September 15–10:30am Eastern Time) visit the website of the US House International Relations Committee and click on "Live webcast of meeting."

http://wwwc.house.gov/international_relations

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