ARMENIAN ASSEMBLY WELCOMES SELECTION OF HILLARY CLINTON AS SECRETARY OF STATE

ArmInfo
2008-12-02 16:29:00

ArmInfo. Armenian Assembly welcomes selection of Hillary Clinton as
Secretary of State.

According to the message of the Armenian Assembly of America (AAA)
received by ArmInfo, Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny said in
view of selection of Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State: "During her
tenure in the U.S. Senate, Senator Clinton has consistently supported
affirmation of the Armenian Genocide" . "Never before have we had
such an alignment whereby the incoming President, Vice-President and
Secretary of State have a clear and demonstrated record of support for
affirmation of the Armenian Genocide, as well as genocide prevention,"
continued Ardouny.

First elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000, Senator Clinton consistently
supported efforts to reaffirm the historical truth of the Armenian
Genocide.

In addition to co-sponsoring resolutions affirming the Armenian
Genocide, Senator Clinton also repeatedly urged President George
W. Bush to reaffirm the Armenian Genocide in his annual April 24th
statements.. In 2006, for example, Clinton signed a letter to President
Bush stating: "The memory of the Armenian Genocide underscores our
responsibility to speak forcefully about our respect for fundamental
human rights and opposition to mass slaughters. It is in the best
interests of our nation and the entire global community to remember
the past and learn from these crimes against humanity to ensure that
they are never repeated. We respectfully request that you refer to
the mass slaughter of Armenians as genocide in your commemorative
statement." Senator Clinton also supports expanding and improving
U..S.-Armenia relations and "a fair and democratic resolution of the
Nagorno-Karabagh conflict."

Throughout the 2008 presidential election, President-elect Obama
repeatedly pledged to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide
and with the nomination of Hillary Clinton, President-elect Obama
has an ally in Genocide affirmation and prevention. In making the
announcement today, President-elect Obama said, "The time has come
for a new beginning, a new dawn of American leadership to overcome
the challenges of the 21st century."

During the campaign trail, Senator Clinton stated: "I believe the
horrible events perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against Armenians
constitute a clear case of genocide. Our common morality and our
nation's credibility as a voice for human rights challenge us to
ensure that the Armenian Genocide be recognized and remembered by
the Congress and the President of the United States."

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress