Armenian Bar Association Urges Hastert to Bring Genocide Legislation to Floor

Following the International Relations Committee’s approval of legislation acknowledging the Armenian genocide–the Armenian Bar Association wrote to Speaker Hastert–urging him to keep "past commitmen’s to hold a vote on the Armenian genocide Resolution." Now that the two pieces of legislation–HR 316–and HCR 195 have been approved in Committee–Hastert must bring them to the House floor for a vote.

The Armenian Bar Association details the frustration of Armenian Americans whose own government does not acknowledge the most catastrophic moment in their history. The letter states that–"it has sadly been an outrage that–for far too long–our government has capitulated to Ankara’s deman’s."

The letter goes on to point out statemen’s made by Hastert in the past that demonstrate his support for Genocide recognition. In 1994–Hastert even acknowledged that–"over a million Armenia’s were exiled and eventually murdered by the Ottoman Turks… as a result of this genocide."

The ABA concludes the letter by urging Hastert to honor his pledge and to "advance American values by scheduling a floor vote at the earliest opportunity? The time has come for moral clarity and principled action against the denial of the Armenian genocide."

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