Los Angeles- The Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives today, approved a measure (H.Res. 106) which seeks to affirm the United States’ record on the Armenian Genocide by a vote of 27-21. This passage sets the stage for a full vote on the matter by the entire House of Representatives.
Overcoming opposition from an extraordinarily list of detractors, including President George W. Bush, 8 former Secretaries of State and millions of dollars deluging the offices of lobby firms from the government of Turkey, the resolution prevailed.
“By approving this resolution, the Foreign Affairs Committee has risen above outright extortion and political perversion to stand up for this human rights legislation” stated Vache Thomassian, Central Executive member of the AYF.
Acting as the vanguard of the Armenian youth on this issue, the AYF has organized countless letter writing campaigns, phone banking and demonstrations raising awareness of the importance of this resolution. Working side by side with the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), the AYF has been able to mobilize thousands to action to voice their opinions to their elected officials.
“This by no means indicates the end of our struggle. We have to redouble our efforts to ensure a prompt and successful vote by the full House, and we look towards the Armenian youth to lead these efforts,” emphasized Thomassian.