As it has done in previous years–the California State Assembly discussed the issue of the Armenian genocide in its Thursday–April 27 session.
His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian–Prelate–departed for Sacramento on Thursday to attend the opening of the State Assembly’s session. Also present at the opening was the Honorable Gagik Giragossian–Consul General of the Republic of Armenia–and Armenian National Committee representatives Armen Carapetian–Aida Dimidjian–and others.
The Prelate conducted the opening prayer and delivered his message to Senate and Assembly members.
On this occasion–the Assembly has issued a proclamation affirming the genocide of Armenia’s by the Turkish Government–which they officially presented to the Prelate–the Consul General–and ANC representatives. Later on–during the general session–there was a moment of silence for the 1.5 million victims of the Genocide.
The Prelate reminded the Assembly of the injustices committed by the Turkish Government–which to this day go unpunished–and expressed hope that following the example of European governmen’s–the US Government too will recognize the Genocide and demand justice.
Earlier–California Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger proclaimed April 23-29 "Days of Remembrance" of the Armenian genocide.