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    Armenian National Committee of America
    888 17th St. NW Suite 904
    Washington, DC 20006
    Tel: (202) 775-1918
    Fax: (202) 775-5648
    E-mail: [email protected]

    April 24, 2006
    Contact: Elizabeth S. Chouldjian
    Tel: (202) 775-1918


    "It is truly a sad day when it is left to a lone
    diplomat, our Ambassador to Armenia, John Evans,
    to honor the forsaken pledge of his President."
    -- Aram Hamparian, ANCA

    WASHINGTON, DC - Despite the call for moral clarity from over two
    hundred U.S. legislators, President Bush failed, once again, to
    honor his pledge to properly characterize the Armenian Genocide as
    a "genocide" in his annual April 24th remarks, reported the
    Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

    In a statement issued today, on April 24th, the annual day of
    remembrance for the Armenian Genocide, the President again resorted
    to the use of evasive and euphemistic terminology to obscure the
    full moral, historical, and contemporary legal implications of
    Turkey's genocide against the Armenian people between 1915-1923.
    In retreating from his promise, the President ignored the counsel
    of the one hundred and seventy-eight Representatives and thirty
    Senators who had written letters urging him to properly
    characterize the Armenian Genocide.

    "Armenian Americans appreciate President Bush's willingness to join
    with Armenians around the world by speaking out on this solemn
    occasion, but - sadly, remain deeply troubled by his failure to
    honor his campaign pledge - and his own promise of moral clarity -
    by properly recognizing the Armenian Genocide, " said Aram
    Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA. "It is truly a sad day
    when it is left to a lone diplomat, our Ambassador to Armenia, John
    Evans, to honor the forsaken pledge of his President - to speak as
    the moral conscience of our nation in the face of official White
    House complicity in the denial of this crime against all humanity."

    As in the past, the ANCA has also expressed concern that the
    Administration's refusal to recognize the Armenian Genocide
    reflects a broader unwillingness to confront genocide - as
    evidenced by the White House's failure to take decisive steps to
    bring an end to the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. The
    ANCA is working with a broad coalition of organizations to pressure
    the Administration to respond in a timely and meaningful way to the
    worsening crisis in Darfur. "If we are to end the cycle of
    genocide, we must, as a nation, generate the resolve to forcefully
    intervene to stop genocide when it takes place, to unequivocally
    reject its denial, to hold the guilty accountable, and to secure
    for the victims the justice they deserve," added Hamparian.

    In February of 2000, then presidential candidate George W. Bush,
    campaigning for votes among Armenian voters in the Michigan
    Republican primary, pledged to properly characterize the genocidal
    campaign against the Armenian people. In his statements as
    President, he has consistently avoided any clear reference to the
    Armenian Genocide, and his Administration has consistently opposed
    legislation marking this crime against humanity.

    The text of the President's remarks is provided below.


    The White House

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary

    Presidential Message

    April 24, 2006

    Today, we remember one of the horrible tragedies of the 20th
    century -- the mass killings and forced exile of as many as 1.5
    million Armenians in the final days of the Ottoman Empire in 1915.
    This was a tragedy for all humanity and one that we and the world
    must never forget.

    We mourn this terrible chapter of history and recognize that it
    remains a source of pain for people in Armenia and for all those
    who believe in freedom, tolerance, and the dignity and value of
    every human life. It is a credit to the human spirit and
    generations of Armenians who live in Armenia, America, and around
    the globe that they have overcome this suffering and proudly
    preserved their centuries-old culture, traditions, and religion.

    We praise the individuals in Armenia and Turkey who have sought to
    examine the historical events of this time with honesty and
    sensitivity. The analysis by the International Center for
    Transitional Justice, while not the final word, has made a
    significant contribution toward deepening our understanding of
    these events. We encourage dialogues, including through joint
    commissions, that strive for a shared understanding of these tragic
    events and move Armenia and Turkey towards normalized relations.

    Today, we look with hope to a bright future for Armenia. Armenia's
    Millennium Challenge Compact reflects our confidence and the
    importance we place in Armenia making progress on democratic reform
    and advancement of free markets. We seek to help Armenia bolster
    its security and deepen its inclusion in the Euro-Atlantic family.
    We remain committed to securing a peaceful and lasting settlement
    of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and hope the leaders of Armenia
    and Azerbaijan will take bold steps to achieve this goal.

    On this solemn day of remembrance, Laura and I express our deepest
    condolences to the Armenian people. Our nations stand together,
    determined to create a future of peace, prosperity, and freedom for
    the citizens of our countries and the world.


    From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress