Washington–DC–A group of major Armenian-American organizations joined forces in asking President Bush to follow the example of US Ambassador to Armenia John Evans and other leading US officials–accurately label the atrocities of 1915 as the Armenian Genocide.
Evans most recently evoked the Armenian Genocide during his first stateside visit to Armenian communities across the country. During a series of public exchanges with Armenia’s last week–Evans said "The Armenian Genocide was the first genocide of the twentieth century."
Community organizations–in turn–sent a letter to President Bush on March 2–asking that he also use the word genocide to characterize the forced exile and murder of the Armenia’s by the Ottoman Turks. The letter was signed by the Armenian Assembly of America–Armenian Bar Association–the Armenian General Benevolent Union–the Armenian Missionary Association of America–the Armenian National Committee of America–the Armenian Relief Society of Eastern USA–the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church–the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church–the Knights of Vartan–the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of North America and the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of North America and said in part:
"In this the 90th Commemorative Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide–we urge that you join President Reagan and so many other leading public officials in reaffirming the facts of history you have already proclaimed with the correct name – Armenian Genocide…. Just as it was when your Administration properly termed the crimes against humanity in Darfur as genocide–US leadership is once again needed to provide clarity to the crimes against humanity committed by Ottoman Turkey against our ancestors under cover of WW I."