WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today,
Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Congressman Robert Dold (R-IL),
Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, applauded the German
Bundestag, lower house of parliament, for overwhelmingly passing a resolution declaring the killings of
Armenians by the government of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 a genocide.
Last year, Pallone, Dold, and over 40 Members of Congress introduced legislation calling on the
United States government to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
applaud the German parliament for acknowledging
the atrocities committed against the Armenian people for exactly what they were
– genocide. The German people have had their own internal struggle in
dealing with crimes against humanity in their history, and it is a powerful
statement that they are now honoring the countless victims of the Armenian
it is time for the U.S. government to properly
recognize historical fact and pass our bipartisan resolution to recognize the
Armenian Genocide. By recognizing these horrific crimes as genocide, we can
once again renew our commitment to prevent such atrocities from occurring again.
The United States must push Turkey to come to terms with its own history and
remove their shrouded policy of denial from covering up one of the most
horrific tragedies in world history.”