WASHINGTON–In Coordination with the Armenian National Committee of America, Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, a longtime supporter of the ANCA’s efforts to gain official recognition of the Armenian Genocide, was in Washington last week for official visits with members of Congress and legislative staff regarding H. Res. 106.
Accompanying the Prelate on his visits was Rev. Sarkis Aktavoukian, pastor of Holy Cross Church in Washington and representatives from the Armenian National Committee.
During the duration of their visit, the Prelate and his delegation met with various members of Congress including California Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Representatives George Radanovich, Edward Royce, Brad Sherman, and Anna Eshoo. Mardirossian and ANC activists also visited the offices of Rep. Jon Porter, John Shadegg, Ed Perlmutter, Rich Renzi, Gabrielle Giffords, David Wu, and David Dreier where they met with legislative directors and assistants.
In his meetings, the Prelate stressed the moral significance of recognizing the Armenian Genocide, stressing that when injustices against humanity are overlooked it invariably leads to further injustices. The Prelate commended and thanked the Congress members for their support and expressed hope that their principled stand on this issue sets an example for all the members of the House of Representatives.
Alongside his official visits, the Prelate also gave interviews to Voice of America and Yerkir Media.
Over the past few weeks great efforts have been made by the Armenian-American community with regards to the adoption of House Resolution 106, which calls for the official recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the United States House of Representatives. Grassroots activists from around the nation have been tirelessly meeting and communicating with members of Congress regarding the resolution. The community continues to mobilize and urge members of Congress to stand up in the face of Turkish denial and support the resolution when it comes to a vote by the full House.