CASTLE ROCK–In response to constituent requests for support of Armenian Genocide legislation pending in Congress–Republican Representative Thomas G. Tancredo (CO-6) has told voters– "I believe that the atrocities committed against the Armenian people is worthy of the term ?genocide.’ It was carried out the Ottoman Empire in 1915-1916–and large numbers of Armenia’s were methodically massacred."
Colorado Armenian American community leaders and activists began receiving response letters from the Congressman this month–and expressed their appreciation for his candid remarks. Among them were long-time ANCA-WR supporter and community leader–Dr. Garo Chalian–and ANC activist Simon Maghakyan who said that they were encouraged by the Congressman’s clear and unambiguous statement.
The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region (ANCA-WR) also praised Tancredo for his firm moral stance. "Congressman Tancredo voted for passage of the Armenian Genocide resolution in 2000," said ANCA-WR Chair Steven Dadaian." Having his support again is critical as he serves on the House International Relations Committee."
Last week–ANCA Government Affairs Director Kate Nahapetian thanked members of the Representative’s Washington–DC staff and also reviewed pressing foreign affairs matters that concern Armenian Americans.
The State of Colorado has a growing and vibrant Armenian American community. Armenia’s of Colorado–an organization dedicated to advancing understanding of Armenian history–culture–religion–language–and heritage–has consistently maintained strong ties with Colorado state officials and its Congressional delegation. In 2003–the Colorado General Assembly permanently designated April 24 "Colorado Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide" and urged US Congress to likewise act to commemorate the Armenian Genocide.
Two resolutions on the Armenian genocide have been introduced in the 109th session of the House of Representatives. With strong bi-partisan support (112 and 83 cosponsors–respectively–to date) the resolutions have been referred to the House International Relations Committee and are currently pending markup in the Subcommittee on Africa–Global Human Rights and International Operations–on which Rep. Tancredo serves.