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ANCA Challenges Obama Administration Attack on Genocide Resolution

Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Chairman Ken Hachikian gave voice Monday to the profound moral outrage of Armenian American voters over the decision last week by President Obama, who had earlier this year abandoned his own pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide, to launch a White House drive to block proper Congressional commemoration of this crime against humanity.

Armenian-Americans Gather For Public Forum on Armeno-Turkish Relations

On March 7, over 300 Armenian Americans gathered at the New York Hilton to discuss “Armeno-Turkish Relations: Pitfalls and Possibilities,” at a public forum organized by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation New York and New Jersey committees. The event featured insights by a diverse panel of speakers including former US Ambassador to Armenia, John Evans; Chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America, Ken Hachikian; Chairman of Armenian Education Foundation in Modern Armenian History, Dr. Richard Hovannisian; and, Emeritus Professor of History at University of Michigan, Dr. Dennis Papazian.

LA Times Editorial Urges Genocide Recognition

An estimated 1.5 million ethnic Armenians were massacred in the final throes of the Ottoman Empire. That blood bath, carried out by the Turks between 1915 and 1918, was genocide, and should be called by that name. In approving a nonbinding resolution to make this the official U.S. position, Chairman Howard L. Berman (D-Valley Village) and other members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee were responding to constituent demands that the United States take a moral stand. Now, Congress and the Obama administration must decide whether such a symbolic act also serves the strategic interests of the United States. For the moment, just like presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton before him, Barack Obama appears to be saying no.

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