Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Obama Chickens Out Re: the Armenian Genocide


An Armenian-American group that backed Barack Obama in the election is now urging its members to call the White House to protest the president’s failure to recognise the Armenian genocide.

During his presidential campaign, Obama pledged to recognise the deaths as genocide. He spoke in a January 2008 statement of his “firmly held conviction that the Armenian genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence.”

The Washington-based Armenian National Committee of America endorsed Obama, delivering large blocs of votes in swing states and tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations, according to

But at a Monday press conference with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and in a later address to the Turkish Parliament, Obama declined to recognise the Armenian deaths as genocide.

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