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YEREVAN, APRIL 24, ARMENPRESS: Armenian foreign affairs minister Vartan Oskanian commended today a US Democratic presidential hopeful, John Kerry, who called for international recognition of the Armenian Genocide Thursday in a statement issued to Armenian Americans marking the 89th anniversary of that crime against humanity.

“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,” Kerry said in the statement, outlining his longstanding support for a broad range of Armenian American concerns.

Speaking to reporters at THE Genocide Memorial today, Oskanian praised the US-Armenian organizations for their efficient work towards international recognition of the genocide, downplaying also allegations that Kerry’s statement was politically motivated to seek the votes of American Armenians in 2004 autumn polls.

“Of course there were precedents when presidential hopefuls used to say one thing before the election and different things after being elected. John Kerry has been supporting the genocide motion when he was in Senate and I do not think there are political speculations behind his statement,” Oskanian said, adding that genocide recognition motions are on agendas of those US states which have not officially acknowledged it.

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