(LOS ANGELES)–The Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee of California–consisting of various Armenian organizations–sent a letter Friday to California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger requesting that he push the US House and Senate leadership to vote on the pending Armenian Genocide Resolutions.
The letter praised Schwarzenegger’s demonstrated commitment to the Armenian community and support of Genocide recognition. Schwarzenegger’s list of accomplishmen’s includes designating April 24 as a day of remembrance for the Armenian genocide and calling on Turkey to acknowledge the Armenian genocide.
"We ask you to openly call upon the Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to schedule votes on the Armenian genocide legislation currently before their chambers of Congress," reads the letter.
The full text of the letter can be found below:
Dear Governor Schwarzenegger:
We are writing–as the collective leadership of the Armenian American community of California–to respectfully request that you urge the leadership of U.S. House and Senate to bring legislation reaffirming the Armenian Genocide to a vote in their respective chambers.
Last year–the 700,000 Armenian Americans living in the State of California were heartened by your Executive Proclamation designating April 24 as a day of remembrance for the Armenian Genocide. We also deeply appreciate your signature on SB 424–the "Days of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide" bill introduced by Sen. Charles Poochigian. Along with all people of good conscience–we recall with great pride your remarks on April 21–2005 noting that you are "proud to represent the people of the State of California in recognizing the historical persecution of the Armenian people and join with them in urging Turkey to acknowledge the fact of the Armenian Genocide."
Your principled stand holds great meaning for our community. Furthermore–we are inspired by your refusal to bow to pressure from the Turkish government that wants you compromise your commitment to proper U.S. commemoration and Turkish acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide. In taking this firm moral stand–you are helping to break the cycle of genocide–a horrific century-long history of mass slaughter and denial that has–all too often–been fueled by the silence and inaction of the international community.
In this noble spirit – and in the great tradition of California Governors who have served as national leaders in the cause of Armenian Genocide recognition – we ask you to openly call upon the Speaker of the House of Representatives Dennis Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to schedule votes on the Armenian Genocide legislation currently before their chambers of Congress.
We look forward to working with you hand in hand on this issue of shared concern. Please accept our appreciation for your friendship and support for our community.
Western Diocese of the Armenian Church North America–Western Prelacy of the Armenian of Apostolic Church–St. Gregory Armenian Catholic Church–Armenian Evangelical Union of North America–ARF "Dashnagtsutyun" of Western USA–Armenian Democratic Liberal Organization–SD Hunchakian of Western USA–Armenian General Benevolent Union–Armenian Society of Los Angeles–Armenian Youth Association of California