U.S. Will Urge Turkey To Recognize Armenian Genocide Soon


30.07.2008 17:41 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ "Approval of Ambassador-designate Marie Yovanovitch’s
appointment by U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee culminated an
important milestone toward recognition of the Armenian Genocide by
the U.S. executive branch", ARF Dashnaktsutyun Bureau’s Hay Dat and
Political Affairs Office Director Giro Manoyan told a PanARMENIAN.Net

"22 months after Senator Menendez put his hold on Richard Hoagland’s
nomination, through the written responses and clarifications of the
Ambassador designate and the U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary for
Legislative Affairs, the US State Department affirms that: "

A) Over one and a half million Armenians have fallen victim to the
mass killings, ethnic cleansing, and forced deportations conducted
by the Ottoman Empire;

B) The US does not cast any doubt on the veracity, and its goal is to
help preserve the memory, of one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th
century, the "Medz Yeghern," or Great Calamity, as Armenians refer
to it, and that not characterizing it as genocide is exclusively a
policy adopted by the US President;

C) To achieve full reconciliation, Turkey must come to terms with
its past," Mr. Manoyan said.

"I think, the Senate will soon confirm Ms. Yovanovitch’s nomination and
she will arrive in Yerevan to assume her duties. Time and events have
demonstrated that the policy and efforts of the Armenian-American
community in general and specifically of the Armenian National
Committee of America were right and efficient. I am convinced that with
such high level of political influence, Armenian-Americans and their
supporters in the US legislature will soon attain the recognition
of the Armenian Genocide by the US President. It is obvious that
Turkey not only has no reason to be content with the expressed US
current policy, but should be extremely concerned that the day is
near when the United States of America, through its legislature, its
executive branch and its President will call upon Turkey to recognize
the Armenian Genocide," Mr. Manoyan concluded.
From: Baghdasarian