Armenian Assembly Reacts to President Trump’s Statement

The FBI and Congressional Intelligence Agency Should Investigate Turkish Influence on US Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C –On April 24, 2017, as the Armenian Genocide is commemorated around the world, the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) stands in solidarity with Armenians and non-Armenians alike in remembering the victims of the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan stated that “Like the genocide of the Armenians before it, and the genocide of the Cambodians which followed it – and like too many other such persecutions of too many other peoples – the lessons of the Holocaust must never be forgotten.” Reagan’s statement reflects American’s values and is a powerful reminder that words have meaning.

“We appreciate President Trump for recognizing Armenians who lost their lives and using the Armenian term for the Armenian Genocide, yet his statement today demonstrates the need for the FBI and the Congressional Intelligence Committees to do thorough investigations of all the evidence on surreptitious Turkish influence on the U.S government,” stated Armenian Assembly Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian and Van Krikorian. “At the time when Christians and minority communities continue to be in imminent danger and under constant attack, the President’s statement fails to stand up for human rights and is inconsistent with American values, and represents the same kind of capitulations to Turkish authoritarianism which will cost more lives,” the Co-Chairs added.

On April 10th, 84 Members of Congress signed a bi-partisan letter to President Trump urging him to affirm the Armenian Genocide. Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ) spearheaded the letter asking the White House to honor the Untied States’ historic leadership in defending human rights and to properly characterize the events of 1915 as a genocide in this year’s presidential statement on April 24th.

In addition, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to President Trump on April 21 and called on him to stand with the Armenian community and commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. “April 24th marks the anniversary of the genocide that Turkey sadly continues to deny to this day. Unequivocally affirming the Armenian Genocide would honor more than 1.5 million Armenians who were massacred. It would also serve to remember this proud chapter in America’s history of helping to save the survivors,” Sen. Markey said.

Earlier this month, the Armenian National Institute (ANI) opened its Armenian Genocide Library in Washington, D.C, giving researchers access to over 5000 publications on the Armenian Genocide and modern Armenian history. In February, ANI launched a Turkish-language version of its popular website documenting the facts and acknowledgements of the Armenian Genocide available at www.turkish.armenian-genocide.org

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