SEN. OBAMA URGES BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO CHANGE POSITION ON ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

With the Senate Foreign Relations Committee set to consider U.S. Ambassador to Armenia nominee Marie Yovanovitch at a confirmation hearing on Thursday, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama restated his commitment to U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Communications Director Elizabeth Chouldjian told PanARMENIAN.Net. In a June 16th letter to ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian, Sen. Obama wrote, “I share your view that the United States must recognize the events of 1915 to 1923, carried out by the Ottoman Empire, as Genocide. . . We must recognize this tragic reality. The Bush Administration’s refusal to do so is inexcusable. I will continue to speak out in an effort to move the Administration to change its position.”

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