Turkey Recalls Ambassador to US
WASHINGTON (Combined Sources) — While on Thursday, March 4, the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted 23-22 to approve the sending of House Resolution 252 on the Armenian Genocide to the floor of the full House, forces outside the House, including the White House and the State Department, pressured by the military contractors and the government of Turkey, agreed to press their colleagues in the House to not bring the bill to the floor at all.
“The Affirmation of the US Record on the Armenian Genocide” resolution calls on the president to “ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding” of the “Armenian Genocide” and to “accurately characterize the systematic and deliberate annihilation of 1,500,000 Armenians as genocide.”
The bipartisan measure currently has 137 cosponsors in the House.
Armenian-American community leaders were elated by the vote, though cautious about its future.
“The truth prevailed today, and the cause of Genocide affirmation and prevention has been furthered. The United States record on the Armenian Genocide is clear, voluminous and unambiguous, a matter recognized by President Ronald Reagan and by President Obama in a number of campaign statements. We commend the leadership of Chairman Howard Berman and all those who supported the bill’s passage, which was introduced by Representa-tives Adam Schiff (D-CA), George Radanovich (R-CA), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL),” stated Armenian Assembly of America Executive Director Bryan Ardouny.
“I also want to acknowledge Representa-tives Brad Sherman, Anna Eshoo (D-CA),Jackie Speier (D-CA), and Ed Royce for the pivotal role they played throughout this process,” he added Ardouny. “The pan-Armenian community letter sent a message to Congress that Armenian-Americans speak with one voice when they call on their legislators to affirm the historic US record on the Armenian Genocide and to honor the memory of the American diplomats and humanitarians that came to the rescue of the survivors.”