U.S. House of Representatives to vote on H.Res.106 till yearend
12.10.2007 16:18 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy
Pelosi (D-CA) said she will not back down to Turkish and White House
pressure and intends to bring the Armenian Genocide resolution (H.
Res. 106) to the floor for a vote by the full House, the Armenian
Assembly of America reported.
The announcement from Pelosi came one day after the resolution was
approved by a bi-partisan majority of the House Foreign Affairs
"We applaud Speaker Pelosi for standing firm on her commitment to
history and truth," said Armenian Assembly Executive Director Bryan
Ardouny. "The opponents of this common-sense resolution – including
the White House and the Turkish government and its army of lobbyists –
have thrown every excuse at the resolution trying to create a
political tsunami to prevent a vote. The entire Armenian-American
community stands united with Speaker Pelosi and commends her for
standing firm in the face of this alarmist drumbeat and outright
blackmail by Turkey and its deniers. We know we have the support to
pass it into law and I look forward to the full House going on record
on this critical issue that has been neglected for far too long."
Regarding Turkey’s recall of their ambassador to the U.S. in response
to the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s vote affirming the Armenian
Genocide, Ardouny said, "The House demonstrated yesterday that they
won’t allow the war in Iraq to be used as leverage against
them. Members of Congress stood up against those pressure tactics by
affirming the Armenian Genocide and we’re encouraged by the fact that
Speaker Pelosi went on the record today in defense of the truth."