Statement By Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Jackie Speier on Armenia’s 25th Independence Day

Today we celebrate the 25th
anniversary of Armenia’s Independence and the right of Armenians to self-rule
and self-determination. As one of only two Armenia-American members of
Congress, I have always drawn great strength and unshakable resolve from my
Armenian ancestry – which includes a proud history and the horror of genocide
that my ancestors fought to overcome and that must never be forgotten. That is
why I was proud to carry the resolution condemning the Armenian Genocide during
my time in the California Legislature, and I am equally proud today to serve as
a Co-Chair of the Congressional Armenian Caucus.

Let us celebrate this Armenian
Independence Day by recommitting ourselves to building strong U.S.—Armenia
relations through diplomacy and aid. Let us vow never to forget the atrocities
that Armenians have suffered and stand firm with Armenia against those who try
to deny these crimes against humanity. Finally, let us look to the future as
our nations work together to uphold the core principles of democracy that
Armenia and America hold so dear so that we may all have the ability to achieve
our greatest destinies.

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