WASHINGTON–The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), has reaffirmed her longstanding support for U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide, stressing her backing for the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H.Res.252, and voicing, once again, her disappointment that the United States has yet to officially describe this crime as a genocide, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
In a letter sent this week to constituents throughout California’s 8th Congressional District, the Speaker offered her personal assurance that she “will continue to support official recognition of the Armenian genocide,” a crime she described as a “grave injustice” that “should be officially recognized as genocide.” She also stressed her support for H.Res.252, which has been referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs chaired by Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA).
Her correspondence, circulated only days before President Obama is set to offer his April 24th statement, reflects the growing support in Congress and around the nation for a clear and unequivocal recognition by the President of the Armenian Genocide. As a Senator and a candidate for the White House, Barack Obama repeatedly pledged to properly condemn and commemorate the Armenian Genocide, stating clearly that: “As President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.”
In recent weeks, growing support for U.S. recognition has been reflected by:
— The steady climb of cosponsors of the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H.Res.252, among both Democrats and Republicans.
— The unanimous decision by the House of Representatives of Hawaii, the President’s home state, to become the 42nd to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide.
— The letter recently sent by the International Association of Genocide Scholars urging President Obama to honor his pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
The ANCA, as part of its Fierce Urgency of Now campaign, is urging citizens to contact the White House and Congress in support of Armenian Genocide recognition by the U.S. government this April ‘s www.anca.org/change.