WASHINGTON, DC, APRIL 23. ARMINFO. Democratic Presidential hopeful, Sen. John Kerry, called for international recognition of the Armenian Genocide today, in a statement issued to Armenian Americans marking the 89th anniversary of that crime against humanity, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
An outspoken advocate of U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide, Senator Kerry stated “I join Armenian Americans and Armenians worldwide in mourning the victims of the Armenian Genocide and I call on governments and people everywhere to formally recognize this tragedy. Only by learning from this dark period of history and working to prevent future genocides can we truly honor the memories of those Armenians who suffered so unjustly.” Earlier this week, Senator Kerry joined 22 of his Senate colleagues calling on President Bush to “refer to the mass slaughter of Armenians as genocide in your commemorative statement.” By keeping the memory of this tragedy alive, Armenian Americans remind us all of our collective responsibility to insure that such horrors are not repeated. I am proud of my work with the Armenian American community to gain broader recognition of the Armenian Genocide, including fighting alongside Senator Robert Dole in 1990 for designation of April 24 as a national day of remembrance for this tragedy.”