WASHINGTON — In commemoration of the 93rd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (DCA) reaffirmed her commitment to this critical human rights issue.
“It is long past time for the president and Congress to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide,” Pelosi told the crowd gathered at an observance event on Capitol Hill. “If we ignore history we are destined to repeat the mistakes of the past.
“On this anniversary we must remember the victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide,” she continued. “We must provide the leadership to ensure that this human tragedy is not repeated.”
Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues Co-Chairs Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) spearheaded the April 23 observance event, held in conjunction with the Assembly, ARMENPAC and other Armenian organizations.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (DMD), in his remarks, discussed the importance of recognizing the transgressions of the past in order to prevent future crimes. “
Denial is the child of repetition,” Hoyer said. “If one does not remember that which happened, and recognize it for what it was — a genocide, then the risk of it being repeated is far greater.”
Echoing Hoyer, Senator Robert Menendez (DNJ) said that the United States makes an enormous mistake as a country, when it denies the existence of genocide. As a cosponsor of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (S. Res. 106), Menendez promised to vote for the resolution when it is brought to the Senate floor, saying “nothing will deter me when that opportunity comes up.”