Senate Confirms Yovanovitch

WASHINGTON (AP)–The U.S. Senate confirmed the Bush administration’s nominee as ambassador to Armenia after a delay by lawmakers who were unhappy with White House policies on the Armenian Genocide.

Lawmakers had delayed consideration of Marie Yovanovitch’s nomination to Armenia in a dispute over the U.S. refusal to label as genocide the World War I-era killings of huge numbers of Armenia’s. The issue had come up in the nominee’s confirmation hearings.

In August, the White House withdrew its nomination of career diplomat Richard Hoagland after Democratic Senator Robert Menendez held up his confirmation through a Senate procedure.

Hoagland’s predecessor, John Evans, reportedly had his tour of duty in Armenia cut short by the administration because, in a social setting, he referred to the killings as genocide. Armenian-American groups sought to prevent Hoagland’s nomination unless he made a clear statement affirming the genocide.

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