ANCA Chairman Sets Record Straight on Genocide Resolution in Wall Street Journal Letter

The following letter to the editor of the"The Wall Street Journal," written by ANCA Chairman Kenneth V. Hachikian was printed in that paper on March 12. In it, Hachikian exposes earlier misleading assertions by former US Ambassador to Turkey Mark Parris regarding Congressional reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide. Other letters printed on the same topic include those of Dr. Dikran Abrahamian, from Ontario, Canada and Ross Vartian, Executive Director of USA-PAC. TURKEY, AND THE US, MUST CONFRONT GENOCIDE’S REALITY In his March 3 editorial-page commentary"Don’t Go Cold on Turkey," former US Ambassador to Turkey Mark Parris opposes US recognition of the Armenian Genocide Resolution. His main contention is that this will result in a"train wreck" with an important, long-standing American ally. Amb. Parris and the other opponents of honestly recognizing this crime are once again crying wolf."Train wrecks" were loudly but falsely predicted before President Reagan’s 1981 public affirmation of the Armenian genocide, the 1984 designation by the House of April 24 as a day for its remembrance, as well as before the amendmen’s passed by the House in 1996 and 2004 restricting US aid to Turkey based on its denial of this crime against humanity. Despite threats of retribution, Turkey has taken only token steps against the European Parliament, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Argentina, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and other states and international bodies that have recognized the Armenian genocide. In fact, despite all its threats in 2001 against France’s recognition of the Armenian genocide, trade between France and Turkey grew 22% the following year, and has grown by 131% over the past five years. Kenneth V. Hachikian, Chairman Armenian National Committee of America Washington

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