WASHINGTON, AUGUST 14, ARMENPRESS: Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), in a letter to the Armenian National Committee of Nevada (ANC-NV), reported that he is “extremely concerned” by the reluctance of Richard Hoagland, the Administration’s nominee to serve as the next ambassador to Armenia, to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide.
Senator Reid’s public stand follows the August 2nd announcement by Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) that he will vote against the Hoagland nomination because of the nominee’s refusal to properly recognize the Armenian Genocide as a “genocide.”
Responding to grassroots concerns raised by Nevada’s growing and increasingly active Armenian American community, Senator Reid noted that this refusal is “particularly troubling in light of the State Department’s dismissal of the last ambassador to Armenia, John Evans following comments he made during a February 2005 tour of Armenian-American communities in which he recognized the Armenian Genocide. As you may know, the State Department has offered no explanation for Evans’ dismissal.”
On August 1st, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee delayed consideration of ambassador Hoagland’s nomination, following a request by the Committee’s Ranking Democrat Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Senator John Kerry (D-MA). Also voicing support for the delay were Senators George Allen (R-VA) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA). The Committee is set to consider the matter during its regular business meeting on September 7th.