SENATOR CLINTON CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE RESOLUTION
Pledges to recognize Genocide if elected
Washington, DC – Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), a cosponsor of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (S. Res. 106), today urged Congress to adopt this critical human rights legislation, saying if elected president, she would speak candidly about the events of 1915.
Clinton is the second presidential candidate, following Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), to issue a statement on the Armenian Genocide in the past week. She is currently the only presidential candidate to cosponsor the resolution.
Clinton said she has twice written to President Bush urging him to properly characterize the crimes as genocide in his annual commemorative statement.
“Our common morality and our nation’s credibility as a voice for human rights challenge us to ensure that the Armenian Genocide be recognized and remembered by the Congress and the President of the United States,” Clinton stated.
“If the mass atrocities of the 20th Century have taught us anything it is that we must honestly look the facts of history in the face in order to learn their lessons, and ensure they will not happen again,” she continued. “It is not just about the past, but about our future.”
Turning to the atrocities in Darfur, Clinton said that the U.S. “must close the gap between words and deeds” to prevent such modern-day crimes, adding, “As President, I will work to build and enhance U.S. and international capacity to act early and effectively to prevent mass atrocities.”
Clinton also pledged to improve U.S.-Armenia relations and address the issues facing the two nations including, increasing trade, fostering closer economic ties, fighting terrorism, strengthening democratic institutions, pursuing military partnership and deepening Armenia’s cooperation with NATO. If elected, she would expand assistance programs to Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, and increase cooperation on regional concerns, such as a fair and democratic resolution of the Karabakh conflict.
“The Assembly thanks Senator Clinton for her longstanding support of the Armenian Genocide Resolution and for calling on Congress to adopt legislation properly recognizing the first genocide of the 20th century,” said Executive Director Bryan Ardouny. “It is in the best interest of this country, and the entire global community, to remember the terrible lessons of 1915 and ensure they are never repeated.”
Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.