We expect President Trump’s honest stance on Armenian Genocide – Aram Hamparian

12:11 • 19.04.17



Armenians in the United States are still waiting to see whether President Donald Trump will use the language of facts in his April 24 Genocide address or yield to Turkey’s pressure and avoid calling things by their names, says Aram Hamparian, the executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).


In an interview with Tert.am, Hamparian expressed hope that the new president will nonetheless opt for rely historical facts and moral values to demonstrate respect for the victims of the Armenian Genocide.  


Meantime he admitted that the Turkey’s pressure on the United States has been always decisive.


Commenting on Trump’s policy line, Hamparian said they are now trying to make out how the administration works and whether the decision-making is in the hands of the president or the Department of State.


“We still need to figure out how the geopolitical, foreign policy and other decisions are being made,” he added.


Asked to evaluate the administration’s work with the Armenian lobby, Hamparian said that the ANCA normally maintains contact with Congress members and the elected president. “It is our obligation. In any decision-making process, we try to make out the ways of being helpful to Armenia. This is why we collaborate with all. Should the Congress or Senate members have a desire to offer their assistance to Armenia and to recognize the Armenian Genocide, we will collaborate with them,” he said.


Hamparian noted that in the past, the Turkish government maintained better relations with those who could have prevented the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.


“But they do not have those relations now. Also, what is going on in the Middle East today is very much like the Armenian Genocide, and I believe that many Americans do really see it. It is also important to live up to the promise of keeping the Armenian Genocide issue under the United States’ spotlight. And the day will finally arrive when Turkey will no longer be able to influence the US politics,” he said.

The Committee is trying, in every possible way, to push ahead with Armenian issues in the US Congress, its only expectation from President Trump being the efforts to silence Turkey’s denial and to adopt an honest stance on the issue, Hamparian said, noting that four states in the country have already recognized the Armenian Genocide.

 

Barrack Obama, who was Trump’s predecessor in office, promised during his 2008 campaign to recognize the Armenian Genocide if elected a president. But over the course of his eight years in office, he never used “genocide” in his annual April 24 addresses. Instead, he opted for the Armenian wording, Medz Yeghern (great massacres) which didn’t give the right legal definition to the atrocities committed the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.

 

As opposed to Obama, Trump never addressed Armenian issues during his campaign and never gave any promise to acknowledge the Genocide.

 

Eighty members of Congress recently issued a call on the new US president, urging him to recognize the big tragedy. Their written address was undersigned also by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce and Ranking Member Frank Engel.

 

Hripsime Hovhannisyan





Загрузка...

LATEST NEWSAll Today news

09:35 • 26/04

Donors pledge $4.4b for Syria, well short of target

09:14 • 26/04

Macron attacks nationalism in speech to US Congress

18:12 • 25/04

Genocide-era mass graves found in Rwanda

18:05 • 25/04

Barcelona Open: Djokovic beaten in second round by Martin Klizan

17:58 • 25/04

Modigliani sets world record with estimate in excess of $150m

17:52 • 25/04

WhatsApp raises minimum age to 16 in Europe ahead of GDPR

17:30 • 25/04

Karen Karapetyan 'not resigning from post' despite strong anti-government protests

17:11 • 25/04

Iran rejects West’s nuclear proposal

16:49 • 25/04

A toast to 'unbreakable friendship': Trump and Melania pull out all the stops as they host President Macron, French first lady and 120 guests at the White House for glittering state dinner

16:32 • 25/04

Gmail gets self-destruct option ahead of GDPR

16:10 • 25/04

ARF-D lawmaker joining opposition protests  

15:29 • 25/04

Rare blue diamond ring fetches $6.7 million at Sotheby’s

15:19 • 25/04

Trump tightens Turkey’s grip over US policy on Genocide

14:34 • 25/04

Erdogan hosts dinner for Azerbaijani counterpart

14:18 • 25/04

Acting minister of sport steps down

13:51 • 25/04

President Armen Sarkissian to hold political consultations with parties

13:38 • 25/04

Opposition parties extend support to Pashinyan's movement 'against Republican PM'

12:55 • 25/04

We place no restrictions on political agenda – Karen Karapetyan

11:57 • 25/04

Coast Guard confiscates nearly $1b worth of cocaine and marijuana off the coast of Florida

11:44 • 25/04

Armenian opposition continues civil disobedience campaign

11:26 • 25/04

Zhoghovurd: Political developments in Armenia ‘pave way to resolving corruption scandals’  

10:53 • 25/04

Armenian opposition leader calls for 'stepping up campaign against Republican’

10:07 • 25/04

US urges for constructive transition of power in Armenia

09:49 • 25/04

Armenian-Americans flood LA streets as they call on government to formally recognize Genocide

09:35 • 25/04

Nicaragua faces detained protesters

09:13 • 25/04

Trump warns Iran of 'big problems'

18:30 • 24/04

Ex France midfielder Henri Michel dies at 70

17:51 • 24/04

What happened to the Armenians? – Turkish columnist

17:02 • 24/04

How Trump could tell the truth about Armenian genocide – CNN

16:42 • 24/04

Azerbaijan's ruling families linked to secret investments via Maltese bank – The Guardian

16:23 • 24/04

Aurora Prize committee names three potential recipients of 2018 award

16:05 • 24/04

Karen Karapetyan hosts Russian-Armenian businessman  

15:14 • 24/04

Serzh Sargsyan's downfall 'not about geoppolitics' - Thomas de Waal

14:54 • 24/04

Genocide changed our people’s fate, but 'we proved really stronger' – Karen Karapetyan

14:29 • 24/04

Oscars Academy sets key dates for 91st ceremony

13:52 • 24/04

EU envoy pledges to step up ratification of CEPA

13:29 • 24/04

‘Historic day for Armenia’ – Kim Kardashian

13:18 • 24/04

Trump, Macron plant oak tree outside White House

13:10 • 24/04

Aliyev to visit Turkey

12:50 • 24/04

Turkey will accept truth on Genocide 'sooner or later' - ARF-D member

12:02 • 24/04

Blue for a boy! London landmarks burst with light to mark the arrival of Kate and William's third child

11:28 • 24/04

Special ritual served in Tsitsernakaberd in memory of Genocide victims  

10:58 • 24/04

Memory of Armenian Genocide ‘refers to each of us’ - Emmanuel Macron

10:26 • 24/04

Eight cabinet ministers re-appointed

10:08 • 24/04

April 24 marks 103rd anniversary of Armenian Genocide

09:10 • 24/04

Serzh Sargsyan yields to public pressure, resigns as PM amid opposition protests

18:27 • 21/04

President Armen Sarkissian says ready to meet with opposition leader  

17:48 • 21/04

Queen Elizabeth marks 92nd birthday with gun salutes in central London and a party at the Royal Albert Hall

17:03 • 21/04

Turkish Foreign Ministry says US remarks on early polls 'unacceptable'

16:41 • 21/04

RFE/RL journalist attacked during protest In Armenia

15:45 • 21/04

Algerian woman denied French citizenship for refusing to shake man’s hand

15:30 • 21/04

Bako Sahakyan issues 'call for unity' amid opposition protests in Armenia

15:21 • 21/04

‘Smallville’ actress arrested in self-help guru's NY sex traffic case

14:49 • 21/04

Serj Tankian: This movement is authentic and completely yours (video)

13:10 • 21/04

Serzh Sargsyan calls for urgent political dialogue 'to avoid irreversible losses’

12:41 • 21/04

Armenian opposition leader’s calls ‘unconstitutional’ – Russian analyst

11:24 • 21/04

Opposition rally: Day 9 (updated)

11:02 • 21/04

Saakashvili issues call for ‘urgent dialogue’ between Armenian authorities and oppositon

10:24 • 21/04

EU leaders issue congratulations to Serzh Sargsyan

10:00 • 21/04

US Democrats sue Trump, Russia and Wikileaks

09:37 • 21/04

North Korea 'halts missile and nuclear tests', says Kim Jong-un

09:26 • 21/04

North Korea 'halts missile and nuclear tests', says Kim Jong-un

18:11 • 20/04

Paylan calls on Turkish government to recognize Genocide  

17:19 • 20/04

Armenian president re-appoints more ministers

17:00 • 20/04

Bentley launches official representation in Armenia

16:12 • 20/04

This is a ‘revolution of technologies’ - Alexander Iskandaryan  

15:38 • 20/04

Budget 6.1-inch LCD iPhone lineup could start at $550

15:13 • 20/04

Ratification of EU-Armenia deal ‘unrelated to domestic political developments ’ – parliament official

13:34 • 20/04

US concerned about Turkey’s ability to hold transparent election

12:56 • 20/04

Ariana Grande unveils 'emotional single'

12:31 • 20/04

More protesters arrested as opposition rally continues

11:56 • 20/04

Police issue fresh warnings to participants of opposition rally

11:39 • 20/04

Turkish parliament committee ratifies election bill

11:23 • 20/04

Yerevan protests: Police continue arresting activists

10:39 • 20/04

Opposition rally: Day 8 (updated, photos)

10:29 • 20/04

OSCE/ODIHR Director urges Armenian authorities to protect and ensure right to freedom of peaceful assembly

10:09 • 20/04

Zhoghovurd: Foreign leaders do not make haste to issue congratulations to Armenian premier

09:35 • 20/04

Syria returns Assad award to France

09:15 • 20/04

Berlin set for mass evacuation as WW2 bomb is defused

17:55 • 19/04

Couple’s wedding reception goes up in flames when fireworks set the ceiling display alight and 300 guests have to flee the burning building

17:41 • 19/04

Young Armenian sambo athletes win 11 medals in European championship (photos)

17:04 • 19/04

Trump delivers Tribute to Barbara Bush in press conference speech

16:47 • 19/04

Robots master task of assembling Ikea chair  

16:12 • 19/04

Armenian president re-appoints three cabinet ministers

15:51 • 19/04

Medvedev congratulates Serzh Sargsyan on being appointed prime minister

14:56 • 19/04

Hollywood Studio chiefs hail opening of Saudi Arabia's first cinema

13:43 • 19/04

Latvian parliament ratifies EU-Armenia agreement

12:54 • 19/04

Syria crisis: Unexploded missiles ‘handed over to Russia’

12:46 • 19/04

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes Bushehr Province 

12:14 • 19/04

Yerevan protests: Police urge journalists 'to keep reasonable distance’

11:55 • 19/04

2017 was unique year ‘without public protests’ in Armenia – Serzh Sargsyan

11:00 • 19/04

Glendale City Council approves Armenian American Museum project

10:49 • 19/04

2 killed, over 300 buildings damaged in Indonesia earthquake

10:05 • 19/04

Armenian opposition continues rally against prime minister (updated)

09:20 • 19/04

Top Japan official resigns over sex scandal

18:05 • 18/04

Russia vows ‘painful response’ to US sanctions

17:57 • 18/04

Turkey: Erdogan calls snap elections

17:36 • 18/04

Karen Karapetyan appointed Vice Premier

17:07 • 18/04

Azerbaijan not to use Russian missile system sold to Turkey – expert

16:34 • 18/04

Russia Today to face investigations over spy poisoning case