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The Full Text of the Statement by President George W. Bush

ABD baþkaný G.W.Bush’un 24 Nisan ile ilgili resmi basýn açýklamasý metninin orijinalini yayýmlýyoruz.

April 24, 2002

Today, we commemorate an appalling tragedy of the 20th century, the
massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians through forced exile and
murder at the end of the Ottoman Empire. These horrific killings left
wounds that remain painful for people in Armenia, in Turkey, and around
the world. I join the Armenian community in America and across the globe
in mourning this horrendous loss of life.

Today is an occasion for the world to reflect upon and draw lessons from
these terrible events. It is a day for recognizing that demonizing others
lays foundations for a dark cycle of hatred. Transcending this venomous
pattern requires painful introspection about the past and wise
determination to forge a new future based on truth and reconciliation. In
this spirit, I look forward to Turkey’s restoring economic, political, and
cultural links with Armenia.

The United States greatly values the contributions that Armenians make to
our national life. With faith and courage, generations of Armenians have
overcome great suffering and proudly preserved their centuries-old
culture, traditions and religion. The United States is also deeply
grateful for Armenia’s swift and decisive cooperation in the war against

Just as the United States reached out to the Armenian people to provide
shelter and freedom early in the last century, so did Armenia extend a
supportive hand to the American people in the immediate aftermath of
September 11th. Our two peoples stand together in this fight in support of
values that define civilization itself.

I am also very proud of America’s strong support for a free Armenian
state, whose citizens enjoy the fruits of peace and increasing prosperity.
In the months to come, America will continue to increase its security
cooperation with Armenia and with Armenia’s neighbors to combat terrorism
and pursue a lasting and just settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,
which will strengthen peace and stability in the Caucasus. The United
States will also continue its strong support for Armenia’s efforts to
develop democratic and free market institutions, and to deepen its
integration into the Euro-Atlantic community.

On behalf of the American people, I send warm wishes and expressions of
solidarity to the Armenian people on this solemn day of remembrance.
Together, our nations look with hope and determination toward a future of
peace, prosperity, and freedom.

George W. Bush

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