Rep. Schiff: Gravely Disappointed President Obama Will Leave Office Without Fulfilling Commitment to Recognize Armenian Genocide

Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), the lead sponsor of the Armenian
Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution
in Congress, released the following
statement after President Obama did not use the word “genocide” to
describe the Armenian Genocide ahead of Sunday’s commemoration:

“I’m gravely disappointed that President Obama will now
leave office without fulfilling his commitment to recognize the Armenian
Genocide. For a President who knows the history so well, who spoke so
passionately about the genocide as a Senator and Presidential candidate, and
who has always championed human rights, the choice of silence and complicity is
all the more painfully inexplicable. Remaining silent in an effort to curry
favor with Turkey is as morally indefensible as it will be ineffectual.

“How many administrations must be intimidated into silence before we
realize that it never changes Turkish behavior for the better and only
emboldens the increasingly authoritarian regime? Recognition of the Armenian
Genocide could have been a proud part of the President’s legacy; instead this
decision will be just another sad milestone in the struggle to prevent genocide
by exposing genocide and its perpetrators.”

This past week, Schiff spoke on the House Floor and delivered an open letter to
the President of the United States, Barack Obama, urging him to recognize the
Armenian Genocide in his final year in office in advance of the 101st
anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.  The commemoration of the genocide
will take place on Sunday, April 24. 

Watch the speech here.

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