Thursday, April 08, 2010

Armenia: Obama called upon to honor campaign promise to recognize Armenian Genocide

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) went on record, once again, asking President Obama to honor his campaign promise to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

The one-page letter, signed by ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian and sent in the days leading up to President Obama's second April 24th in office, asks, simply, that President Obama keep his commitment and "stand for a policy that is truthful, just, and worthy of the American people."

Hachikian also addressed two points of special concern that have further compounded the anger and outrage felt by Armenian American voters over the President's broken promise; his pressure on Armenia to accept the one-sided, pro-Ankara Protocols; his support for Turkey's "historical commission" denial tactic; and his attacks on the Armenian Genocide Resolution. The first dealt with the unfortunate and inappropriate practice by the current and previous presidents to use April 24th, a day of solemn remembrance, as a platform to offer policy statements about Armenia, Turkey, and the surrounding region. The second concerned the fact that the President, despite devoting considerable attention to Armenian issues, has yet to agree, consistent with his campaign promise, to meet with the broad-based leadership of the Armenian American community.

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