YEREVAN–In a letter to the chairman of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Howard Berman, the Chairman of the Armenian National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Armen Rustamian on Thursday expressed his strong support for US affirmation of the Armenian Genocide, stressing that US recognition would be the greatest contributor to the normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations.
Below is the letter in its entirety:
Dear Chairman Berman:
I have the pleasure to write you upon the introduction of legislation recognizing the Armenian Genocide, and to share with you and your colleagues our complete support for the adoption of this measure affirming the commitment of the United States to the cause of genocide-prevention. Armenia aspires for the universal recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide, and sees it both as a restoration of an historical justice and as a way to improve the overall situation in the region, while also preventing similar crimes in the future.
The Armenian people in our homeland, in the United States and around the world, remain grateful for the hard work that you and your colleagues, including, of course, Congressmen Adam Schiff and George Radanovich, have devoted over the course of many years to secure US recognition and official commemoration of this crime. I am confident that the proponents of this process and I are also rightly convinced that the lack of official recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the United States has thus far, in fact, served to make Turkey’s position in the issue of resolving the Armenian-Turkish relations more uncompromising. We value these efforts and are, this year, particularly encouraged by the clear statemen’s of President Barack Obama and senior members of his Administration in this regard during the elections.
Please know that I remain available to share with your Congressional colleagues, either in writing or in person, the principled stand of the Republic of Armenia in support of universal recognition of the Armenian Genocide. I am confident that the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the United States not only would not hamper, but on the contrary will contribute to the prospects of a thorough dialogue between Turkey and Armenia. A clear and principled stance by the US can only assist in developing awareness that the recognition of the Genocide is not at all a demonstration of anti-Turkish sentimen’s, but a necessity emanating from the need to condemn this crime against humanity. Furthermore, any durable improvement of Armenia-Turkey relations must rest upon a foundation of shared respect for truth and justice.
Thank you for your friendship with the people and government of the Republic of Armenia and for all your support and assistance over the years.