NEW U.S. AMBASSADOR FOR ARMENIA GETS GREENLIGHT FOR SENATE APPROVAL
July 30 2008
Marie Yovanovitch, who was nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to
Armenia, got the nod of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for the
approval of her new post. Yovanovitch did not use the word "genocide"
for the 1915 events during her hearing.
A U.S. diplomat nominate moves closer to congressional approval, as
the Senate Foreign Relations Committee recommended Tuesday that the
appointment be approved. The nod came despite intense questioning by
lawmakers during her confirmation hearing.
Yovanovitch stuck clearly in the hearing to U.S. policy not to label as
"genocide" the 1915 incidents.
Last year, the White House withdrew its nomination of career diplomat
Richard Hoagland after one lawmaker blocked it in an objection to
that policy. Yovanovitch must still be approved by the full Senate
to fill a post that has remained vacant for two years.
Armenia, with the backing of the Diaspora, claims up to 1.5 million
of their kin were slaughtered in orchestrated killings in 1915. Turkey
rejects the claims, saying that 300,000 Armenians along with at least
as many Turks died in civil strife that emerged when the Armenians
took up arms for independence in eastern Anatolia.
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress