Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), co-chair and founder of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, released the following statement in recognition of the 98th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which is April 24, 2013:
“Today we commemorate the 98th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and remember the lives of the one and a half million Armenians who were slaughtered by Ottoman Turks between 1915 and 1923. As we remember the victims, we pay homage to the Armenian people who, for thousands of years, have shown their perseverance and strength in the face of great challenges.
“While, the Armenian Genocide has been recognized by scholars all over the world and has been widely documented as a historical fact, we are reminded today that Turkey refuses to recognize the atrocities as genocide. However, I will not stand idly by as the truth of the murder of one and half million Armenians is distorted.
“The time for the U.S. to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide is long overdue, and I am as committed today, as I was when I founded the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues more than 17 years ago, to push for that formal recognition.
“Armenia stands as a resilient ally of the United States and a nation dedicated to democracy and regional stability. Today we stand in support of Armenia and commemorate the bravery of those who perished in and survived the genocide.”