By: Joseph Kazazian
The Armenian National Committee of America- Western Region (ANCA-WR) has been hard at work discussing and promoting the new, groundbreaking Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Act (H.Res. 227). As a result, Armenian-Americans across the country have been calling on their members of congress to join in support of H.Res 227. The Resolution, Introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. David Valadao (R-CA), Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), calls on President Barack Obama to shed light on the United States record on the Armenian Genocide.
This new resolution, unlike previous resolutions, asks for the Obama Administration to acknowledge the United States record of the first genocide of the 20th century, as a precursor to fostering better Turkish-Armenian Relations. The resolution also highlights the past record of statements on the Armenian Genocide dating back all the way to the Wilson Administration. H.Res 227 already has a growing list of co-sponsors, because it calls on working towards lasting and durable Armenian-Turkish relations with the full and just recognition of the Armenian Genocide by Turkey.
“It’s a different approach to the age old question,” said ANCA WR Executive Director Elen Asatryan. “There needs to be a just acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide by the Obama Administration. Without a clear and just resolution to the Mass murder of 1.5 million Armenians, a lasting peace between the Turkish and Armenian people is near impossible.”
The ANCA-WR asks that you contact your member of Congress, and urge them to support H.Res 227. For more information, please visit http://anca.org/justice/.
The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.