H. Clinton is called once more to check her public mischaracterization of the Armenian Genocide

The lead authors of the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H.Res.304, Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Robert Dold (R-IL), sent a letter on Monday, co-signed by 59 of their House colleagues, calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to renounce her recent public mischaracterization of the Armenian Genocide as a “historian debate”, asbarez.com informs about this quoting the Armenian National Committee of America.

In their letter to H. Clinton the signatories noted that her, “historically inaccurate description of the Armenian Genocide as an open question, in addition to the offense it represents to Armenian Americans and other victims of genocide, provides American encouragement to the Republic of Turkey in its shameful campaign of denial.” The authors of teh letter mentioned as well that the Secretary on 2006 joined with President Obama – then a U.S. Senator – in writing a letter explaining to President Bush that the Armenian Genocide was a “systematic and deliberate campaign of genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire in 1915… The victims of the Genocide deserve our remembrance and their rightful place in history… .It is in the best interests of our nation and the entire global community to remember the past and learn from these crimes against humanity to ensure that they are never repeated.” The Congressional letter also quoted then Senator Clinton’s public statement in 2008 when, as a Senator and candidate for the presidency, she affirmed that: “The horrible events perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against Armenians constitute a clear case of genocide,” and that “our common morality and our nation’s credibility as a voice for human rights challenge us to ensure that the Armenian Genocide be recognized and remembered by the Congress and the President of the United States.”

“We want to thank Congressmen Schiff and Dold and each and every one of the signatories of this Congressional letter for calling on Secretary Clinton to step back from her historically inaccurate and deeply offensive assertion that the Armenian Genocide is a matter for historical debate,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “We remain hopeful that the Secretary, after having allowed this false statement to remain on the record for more than a month, will – in response to this Congressional letter and the Armenian American community’s growing outrage – finally recognize and, to the extent possible, seek to reverse the impact of this sad episode in undermining the advancement of U.S. interests, compromising the promotion of American values, and hindering the diplomatic work of the Department of State.”

Joining Reps. Dold and Schiff as signatories were Representatives: Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Robert Andrews (D-NJ), Joe Baca (D-CA), Howard Berman (D-CA), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Bruce Braley (D-IA), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Lois Capps (D-CA), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Dennis Cardoza (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Jim Costa (D-CA), Jerry Costello (D-IL), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Robert Dold (R-IL), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Bob Filner (D-CA), Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Michael Grimm (R-NY), Janice Hahn (D-CA), Rush Holt (D-NJ), Steve Israel (D-NY), Jesse Jackson (D-IL), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), James Langevin (D-RI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Dan Lungren (R-CA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Edward Markey (D-MA), Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), James McGovern (D-MA), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Richard Neal (D-MA), Devin Nunes (R-CA), John Olver (D-MA), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Gary Peters (D-MI), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Steven Rothman (D-NJ), Edward Royce (R-CA), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Janice Schakowsky (D-IL), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Pete Stark (D-CA), John Tierney (D-MA), Bob Turner (R-NY), Christopher Van Hollen (D-MD), Henry Waxman (D-CA), Frank Wolf (R-VA), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).

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