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Reckless Retreat: President Obama Not to Recognize Armenian Genocide for Eighth Time

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Post Reckless Retreat: President Obama Not to Recognize Armenian Genocide for Eighth Time

ANCAs Hamparian: This, sadly, is President Obama’s legacysilence on the Armenian Genocide, complicity in Turkey’s denials, and encouragement of Azerbaijani aggression.

WASHINGTONWhite House National Security Council officials informed the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) this afternoon that President Barack Obama will refrain from properly commemorating the Armenian Genocide, as he had promised to do as a candidate, in his eighth and final Armenian Remembrance Day statement, set to be released in the next few days.

‘It seems President Obama will end his tenure as he began it, caving in to pressure from Turkey and betraying his commitment to speak honestly about the Armenian Genocide,’ said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian.

It seems President Obama will end his tenure as he began it, caving in to pressure from Turkey and betraying his commitment to speak honestly about the Armenian Genocide, said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian, who met with the officials along with Government Affairs Director Kate Nahapetian.

President Obama’s unwillingness to reject Turkeys gag-rule on the Armenian Genocide or otherwise confront the growing regional wave of anti-Armenian aggressionparticularly at a time when both Ankara and Baku are placing targets on the backs of Armenians in Artsakh, Armenia, Turkey, the Middle East, and across our Diasporarepresents something far worse than simply a betrayal of his own promise. His reckless retreat from America’s anti-genocide commitmentsunder pressure from Turkey and Azerbaijanin the face of their open incitement, outright aggression, and other classic genocide red flagsemboldens Erdogan and Aliyev to escalate their hostility, raising the very real risk of large-scale anti-Armenian atrocities. This, sadly, is President Obama’s legacysilence on the Armenian Genocide, complicity in Turkey’s denials, and encouragement of Azerbaijani aggression, continued Hamparian.

Prior to his election to the oval office, President Obama was clear and unequivocal in promising to properly characterize Ottoman Turkeys murder of more than 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children between 1915 and 1923 as genocide. In a Jan. 19, 2008, statement, he wrote: The facts are undeniable. An official policy that calls on diplomats to distort the historical facts is an untenable policy. As a senator, I strongly support passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.106 and S.Res.106), and as President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.

President Obama has broken that pledge in annual Armenian Remembrance Day statements issued on or nearApril 24, the international day of commemoration of this crime.

The U.S. first recognized the Armenian Genocide in 1951 through a filing which was included in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Report titled, Reservations to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The specific reference to the Armenian Genocide appears on page 25 of the ICJ Report: The Genocide Convention resulted from the inhuman and barbarous practices which prevailed in certain countries prior to and during World War II, when entire religious, racial and national minority groups were threatened with and subjected to deliberate extermination. The practice of genocide has occurred throughout human history. The Roman persecution of the Christians, the Turkish massacres of Armenians, the extermination of millions of Jews and Poles by the Nazis are outstanding examples of the crime of genocide.

President Ronald Reagan reaffirmed the Armenian Genocide in 1981. The U.S. House of Representatives adopted legislation on the Armenian Genocide in 1975, 1984, and 1996.


ANCAs Hamparian: This, sadly, is President Obama’s legacysilence on the Armenian Genocide, complicity in Turkey’s denials, and encouragement of Azerbaijani aggression. WASHINGTONWhite House National Security Council officials informed the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) this afternoon that President Barack Obama will refrain from properly commemorating the Armenian Genocide, as he had promised to do as a candidate, in his eighth and final Armenian Remembrance Day statement, set to be released in the next few days. ‘It seems President Obama will end his tenure as he began it, caving in to pressure from Turkey and betraying his commitment to speak honestly about the Armenian Genocide,’ said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. It seems President Obama will end his tenure as he began it, caving in to pressure from Turkey and betraying his commitment to speak honestly about the Armenian Genocide, said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian, who met with the officials along with Government Affairs Director Kate Nahapetian. President Obama’s unwillingness to reject Turkeys gag-rule on the Armenian Genocide or otherwise confront the growing regional wave of anti-Armenian aggressionparticularly at a time when both Ankara and Baku are placing targets on the backs of Armenians in Artsakh, Armenia, Turkey, the [...]
ANCAs Hamparian: This, sadly, is President Obama’s legacysilence on the Armenian Genocide, complicity in Turkey’s denials, and encouragement of Azerbaijani aggression. WASHINGTONWhite House National Security Council officials informed the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) this afternoon that President Barack Obama will refrain from properly commemorating the Armenian Genocide, as he had promised to do as a candidate, in his eighth and final Armenian Remembrance Day statement, set to be released in the next few days. ‘It seems President Obama will end his tenure as he began it, caving in to pressure from Turkey and betraying his commitment to speak honestly about the Armenian Genocide,’ said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. It seems President Obama will end his tenure as he began it, caving in to pressure from Turkey and betraying his commitment to speak honestly about the Armenian Genocide, said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian, who met with the officials along with Government Affairs Director Kate Nahapetian. President Obama’s unwillingness to reject Turkeys gag-rule on the Armenian Genocide or otherwise confront the growing regional wave of anti-Armenian aggressionparticularly at a time when both Ankara and Baku are placing targets on the backs of Armenians in Artsakh, Armenia, Turkey, the [...]
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