Friday, October 12, 2007

U.S. House of Representatives to vote on H.Res.106 till yearend

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she will not back down to Turkish and White House pressure and intends to bring the Armenian Genocide resolution (H. Res. 106) to the floor for a vote by the full House, the Armenian Assembly of America reported.The announcement from Pelosi came one day after the resolution was approved by a bi-partisan majority of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "We applaud Speaker Pelosi for standing firm on her commitment to history and truth," said Armenian Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny. "The opponents of this common-sense resolution - including the White House and the Turkish government and its army of lobbyists - have thrown every excuse at the resolution trying to create a political tsunami to prevent a vote. The entire Armenian-American community stands united with Speaker Pelosi and commends her for standing firm in the face of this alarmist drumbeat and outright blackmail by Turkey and its deniers. We know we have the support to pass it into law and I look forward to the full House going on record on this critical issue that has been neglected for far too long."Regarding Turkey’s recall of their ambassador to the U.S. in response to the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s vote affirming the Armenian Genocide, Ardouny said, "The House demonstrated yesterday that they won't allow the war in Iraq to be used as leverage against them. Members of Congress stood up against those pressure tactics by affirming the Armenian Genocide and we’re encouraged by the fact that Speaker Pelosi went on the record today in defense of the truth."

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