SACRAMENTO–The California State Assembly–upon the approval of Assembly Concurrent Resolution 51–officially designated April 24 as "California Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923," reported the Armenian National Committee-Western Region.
The Resolution introduced by Assemblymember Scott Wildman–along with Assemblymen Howard Kaloogian–Chuck Poochigian and Lou Papan brought out strong bi-partisan support for remembering the victims of the Armenian Genocide–perpetrated by Ottoman Turkish officials.
"Commemorating the Armenian Genocide serves to honor those who suffered and died–as well as educate the people of California about of the most shameful–and little-known–acts in modern history," said Assemblymember Wildman.
He added–"I’m proud to sponsor this resolution on behalf of the tens of thousand of Armenia’s in my district–and the millions more around the world who have overcome the trauma of their history to become leaders in business–agriculture–academia–government–and the arts."
"The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region applauds Assemblymen Wildman–Poochigian–Kaloogian and Papan–for raising awareness of both the Armenian Genocide issue and Nagorno-Karabakh’s struggle for freedom and self-rule," stated Vicken Sonentz-Papazian–Executive Director of ANCA-WR. "As the text of the resolution clearly points out–Azerbaijan’s genocidal policies toward the inhabitants of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh threatens the very existence of the Armenia’s who–for centuries–have occupied this historic Armenian Homeland," added Sonentz-Papazian.
ACR 51 will now be heard on the Senate before returning to the Assembly for concurrence.
The text of the Resolution follows:
Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 51
Whereas–The Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 was the first genocide of the 20th Century–in which 1.5 million men–women–and children lost their lives of the hands of the Turkish Ottoman Empire–and
Whereas– During the seven decades of the USSR’s existence–the government of Soviet Azerbaijan conducted a systematic policy of removal of Karabakh Armenia’s from their historic homeland," and
Whereas–Armenia’s in Azerbaijan fell victim to the Sumgait Pogroms in 1988 resulting in 72 deaths–the Baku anti-Armenian riots in 1990 resulting in 68 Armenian deaths–and the mass deportations of 350,000 Armenia’s from Azerbaijan–and
Whereas–Recognition of these instances of man’s inhumanity to man is crucial to ensuring against the repetition of genocide and provides the American public with a greater understanding of its heritage; and
Whereas–Armenia’s in the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh remain at risk of yet another genocide until the time a peaceful resolution to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is reached the guarantees the freedom and security for these people while supporting their right to self-determination; and
Whereas–Despite the abundance of overwhelming and convincing evidence–the government of Turkey persists in denying the occurrence of the Armenian Genocide; and United States–and Armenia’s living in California have enriched our state through their leadership in business–agriculture–academic–government and the Arts; now–therefore–be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California–the Senate thereof concurring–That the Legislature of the State of California hereby designates April 24–1997–as "California Day of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923–and for the victims of the Sumgait Pogroms of 1988 and Baku Riots of 1990"; and be it further
Resolved–That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the governor and to the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Committee.