The Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to discuss and vote on the proposed legislation on Thursday. It urges President Barack Obama to “accurately characterize the systematic and deliberate annihilation of 1,500,000 Armenians as genocide.”
The delegation comprises: Artak Zakaryan of the Republican Party, Armen Melikyan of Prosperous Armenia, Vahan Hovhannesian of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation and Koryun Nahapetyan a non-affiliated member of parliament.
The four parliamentarians will arrive in Washington at the invitation of Frank Pallone and Mark Kirk, the two U.S. lawmakers co-chairing the congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues. The bipartisan group, currently numbering 150 House members, has long been pushing for Armenian Genocide recognition.
RFE/RL reported Tuesday that Pallone and Kirk asked their Armenian colleagues to “present their views on and approaches to issues of mutual interest” to U.S. legislators and foreign policy-makers. The genocide resolution will be the main focus of their meetings in Washington.
A similar delegation of Turkish parliamentarians is already in Washington, meeting with U.S. officials and lobbying against the resolution.