U.S. congressmen urge for adequate assessment of Genocide (updated)

U.S. congressmen urge for adequate assessment of Genocide (updated)

PanARMENIAN.Net - A group of the U.S. congressmen commemorated the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Ed Royce (R-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), David Cicilline (D-RI1), and Lois Frankel (D-FL22) laid flowers to the Genocide memorial in Yerevan.

As the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Ed Royce told journalists later, unless adequate assessment is given to the 1915 massacres, no correct actions are to be expected in future. "The Armenian Genocide was the first genocide of the last century, with Hitler drawing on the Armenian massacres when planning the Holocaust."

Congressmen Eliot Engel expressed his solidarity with Armenia in its Genocide recognition campaign, calling Turkey to come to terms with its history.

The congressmen also met Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian who hailed their efforts in promoting the Genocide recognition.

The congressmen, in turn, vowed to contribute to the development of ties with Armenia, based on mutual trust.

At the meeting, the official briefed the gusts on Armenia's foreign policy priorities, its stance on regional and international problems and Yerevan-OSCE Minsk Group efforts for the Karabakh conflict settlement.

Later in the day, the congressmen met President Serzh Sargsyan, thanking them for sharing the tragedy of Armenian people on the Genocide commemoration day.

The President also thanked the U.S. for continuous assistance to economic development of Armenia, promotion of reforms and democracy in the country and active involvement in issues vital to Armenia.

Congressman Royce further slammed Turkey’s distortion of historic events, noting that the subject of the Armenian Genocide is covered in American textbooks. In conclusion the guests expressed readiness to contribute to the development of ties with Armenia.

The Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide (1915-23) was the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was characterized by massacres, and deportations involving forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees, with the total number of deaths reaching 1.5 million.

The majority of Armenian Diaspora communities were formed by the Genocide survivors.

Present-day Turkey denies the fact of the Armenian Genocide, justifying the atrocities as “deportation to secure Armenians”. Only a few Turkish intellectuals, including Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and scholar Taner Akcam, speak openly about the necessity to recognize this crime against humanity.

The Armenian Genocide was recognized by Uruguay, Russia, France, Lithuania, the Italian Chamber of Deputies, majority of U.S. states, parliaments of Greece, Cyprus, Argentina, Belgium and Wales, National Council of Switzerland, Chamber of Commons of Canada, Polish Sejm, Vatican, European Parliament and the World Council of Churches.

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