The U.S. House of Representatives just voted and the results are in. It is now official. With an overwhelming majority, the House has made a decision.
By a bi-partisan vote of 405-11, a hard-hitting resolution was passed to recognize and condemn the Ottoman Empire’s genocide against the Armenian people. The empire fell in 1922 and was replaced by the Turkish Republic.
This resolution comes 0n the heels of Turkey’s recent invasion of Syria and attacks on Kurdish troops allied with the United States. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), who co-chairs the House Armenian Caucus, made his position clear.
Noting the relevancy of the House’s action, he said that Turkey’s “current actions against our Kurdish allies is extremely concerning and we cannot stand by and let egregious human rights violations happen.”
“Genocides, whenever and wherever they occur, cannot be ignored, whether they took place in the 20th century by the Ottoman Turks or mid-20th century by the Third Reich and in Darfur,” he said, speaking on the resolution.
The resolution, which was reportedly long-delayed, also ensures that the U.S. government will not be coerced into ever denying the Armenian genocide. To this day, Turkey does not recognize that the genocide took place.
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