YEREVAN (Armenpress)–His Holiness Catholicos Aram I, addressed a letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives thanking her for her support of the resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide. The text of the letter, provided by the Armenian Catholicosate in Antelias, Lebanon, is below.
"Dear Ms. Pelosi, I salute from the headquarters of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia in Antelias, Lebanon, the courageous step taken by the House Foreign Affairs Committee in favor of the Armenian Genocide resolution. Indeed, the decision of the Committee is a concrete and genuine manifestation of the deep concern of the United States of America in respect to human rights and all forms of crimes against humanity, including genocide.
The Armenian Genocide is a fact of history. Not only is it deeply rooted in the common memory of the Armenian people but also well substantiated by historical documen’s and eyewitness accounts. The formal recognition of such crimes against humanity is indispensable in order to avoid new genocides. Hence, the resolution of the Committee is a right response to this sad page of the history of the Turkish-Ottoman Empire.
The Cilician Catholicosate of the Armenian Church has been, with its people and institutions, a victim of this Genocide. The Martyrs’ Chapel, the Museum and the thousands of archives existing within the confines of the Catholicosate, are tangible proofs of the Armenian Genocide planned and executed by the Ottoman-Turkish authorities in 1915.
I greatly appreciate the action taken by the House Foreign Affairs Committee and it is my firm expectation that the entire Congress will soon adopt the said resolution.
I would like to seize this opportunity to express my high appreciation to you for your many years of committed support towards the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
May God bless you and your colleagues.