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The Armenian Genocide Resolution—H.Res. 252

American Hellenic Institute Statement in Support of

 The Armenian Genocide Resolution—H.Res. 252

As the House Foreign Affairs Committee prepares to consider H.Res.252—The Armenian Genocide Resolution—on Thursday, March 4, 2010, the American Hellenic Institute (AHI) joins with the Armenian American community in helping to ensure passage of this important human rights legislation.

We urge the US Congress, for the sake of U.S. interests and American values, to bring an end to all forms of U.S. complicity in Turkey's denial of this crime against all humanity and adopt legislation recognizing the Armenian Genocide as a clear instance of genocide, as defined by the United Nations Genocide Convention.

H.Res.252 calls on the United States President: (1) to ensure that U.S. foreign policy reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to human rights, ethnic cleansing, and genocide documented in the U.S. record relating to the Armenian Genocide and the consequences of the failure to realize a just resolution; and (2) in the President's annual message commemorating the Armenian Genocide to characterize the systematic and deliberate annihilation of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide, and to recall the proud history of U.S. intervention in opposition to the Armenian Genocide.

The historical record on the Armenian Genocide and similar genocides perpetrated against the Pontian Greek and Assyrian Christian minorities by the Turkish government is well documented. The continued efforts by Turkey to deny these genocides only serve as an obstacle to regional stability and greater regional cooperation. We urge the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the full House of Representatives to affirm the U.S. record on the Armenian Genocide by adopting H.Res.252.

 

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