LA CRESCENTA–On Wednesday, July 20, the House Foreign Affairs Committee by a vote of 43 to 1 adopted an amendment calling on Turkey to return stolen churches and end oppression of its Christian minorities.
Earlier in the week, Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, and Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Eastern United States, had called on Armenian communities throughout the United States to contact their representatives in Congress and urge them to support this amendment. The call to action, alerts by the ANCA, and phone calls by thousands of Armenian across the U.S. paid off on Wednesday with this crucial vote.
“We are overcome with joy at this bold decision by the House Foreign Affairs Committee and extend our profound thanks and gratitude to the Committee members. We are hopeful for a similar outcome on the floor of the House of Representatives, and pray for the day when the desecration and destruction of our sacred churches and heritage and the persecution of Christian minorities in Turkey is put to an end. We express thanks and appreciation also to the Armenian National Committee for their relentless efforts in educating and mobilizing the community”, said the Prelate after Wednesday’s vote.