21.04.2011 10:54

Today Armenian Americans from throughout Southern California and across
the American and Armenian political spectrums will join together for
a public protest calling upon President Obama to honor his broken
campaign pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide, reported the
Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

The demonstration, organized by the Armenian Genocide Community Task
Force, will be held outside the President's first major fundraiser
in Southern California for the "Obama Victory Fund 2012."

"California's Armenian American community is eager to see President
Obama in Los Angeles," stated ANCA Western Region Chairman Andrew
Kzirian, Esq. "With the President's 2012 reelection effort now under
way, the Armenian American community will remind him of the profound
moral and serious geopolitical costs of his decision to break his
promise to clearly and unequivocally recognize the Armenian Genocide,"
added Kzirian. "In these days leading up to the President's third April
24th commemoration of this crime, we ask nothing more than that he live
up to his own commitments to bring an end to his Administration's
complicity in Turkey's denials. There is no better way to begin
this process than for President Obama to visit the Armenian Genocide
Memorial in Montebello and pay tribute to the victims and survivors
of this still unpunished crime."

In a series of letters and statements issued as Senator and candidate,
President Obama pledged clearly and unequivocally that he would end
U.S. complicity in Turkey's genocide denial and properly recognize
this crime against humanity. In a January 18, 2008, statement, in the
days leading up to the Super Tuesday Primary in California, he stated
"As President, I will recognize the Armenian Genocide."

"He must hear our community's profound disappointment with his failure
to honor his campaign promise that as President, he would recognize
the Armenian Genocide and deliver justice to the Armenian people.

Being the largest Armenian community in the Diaspora, we must turn
out en masse to send our message loud and clear not only to him,
but to all of the national press that will be assembled there,"
the Task Force said in the call.

From: A. Papazian