REP. SCHIFF URGES OBAMA TO RECOGNIZE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

Pasadena Star-News, CA
April 17 2013

By Brenda Gazzar, Staff Writer

In a letter sent Wedneday, Rep. Adam Schiff called on President Barack
Obama To Recognize The Armenian Genocide Tuesday, A Day Commemorated
by Armenians and many state and local governments as Genocide
Remembrance Day.

Obama issues a statement each year marking the anniversary of the
start of the first genocide of the 20th century but has failed to
refer to the event of killing as a genocide since his election,
Schiff's office said.

"I urge you to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide in your statement
this year, to call genocide, genocide, and to stand with the
ever-dwindling number of survivors, as well as the descendants of
those who were lost, and who must otherwise continue to suffer the
indignity, injury and pain of denial," Schiff, D-Burbank, wrote in his
letter to Obama.

An estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Turks
from 1915-1923 in what was then the Ottoman Empire.

Obama, in a letter to the Armenian Reporter in 2008 while he was a
senator, pledged that "as President I will recognize the Armenian
Genocide. "

Turkey, a close U.S. ally, has long denied there was a systematic
campaign to kill Armenians.

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