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Armenians gather to mark the anniversary of the 1915 killings at a monument in Yerevan in this photo. An Armenian group is to meet with US presidential candidates. AP photo

Armenians gather to mark the anniversary of the 1915 killings at a monument in Yerevan in this photo. An Armenian group is to meet with US presidential candidates. AP photo

Ümit Enginsoy Ümit Enginsoy uenginsoy@aol.com

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) has called on both Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Governor Mitt Romney to outline their views on issues of special concern to Armenian American voters, and to hold a formal meeting with the community’s leadership prior to the November elections, the group has said.

In a letter sent last week to Obama, ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian said the president’s “failure to consult personally” with representatives of his Armenian American constituents in addition to breaching a previous campaign pledge to recognize the “Armenian genocide” was “unhealthy for both American democracy and U.S. diplomacy.”

The ANCA’s letter to governor Romney, similarly, called upon the Republican nominee to spell out his views on Armenian American issues and to meet personally with the leadership of the Armenian American community. The ANCA also asked Armenian voters to send their views on Obama and Romney in e-mails messages.

Obama angered the Armenian American community when he broke his promise to recognize the “Armenian genocide.” Romney has not openly announced his views on the matter, but Paul Ryan, his vice-presidential candidate, has supported pro-Armenian moves in the House of Representatives over the past couple of years.

Armenian Americans call the deaths of their kinsmen in the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I “genocide,” while Turkey claims the number of Armenian deaths is much smaller, with victims including many Turks and Muslims as well.

August/22/2012

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V Tiger

8/22/2012 5:53:19 PM

Commentators,better first put yourselves in the Armenians' shoes,think & then comment.

mara mcglothin

8/22/2012 4:52:37 PM

I wonder if ASALA will also attend these meetings and send emails? With all the ills in the World today, why is it we have to continually address things that happened in the past over and over again. Time to move on and get with today's program. I resent my government taking any time from the already hectic schedule to address this issue and will be calling my representatives to voice that opinion.

Murat

8/22/2012 3:30:34 PM

Politics of hate, it is good business.... always. I feel more sympathy for our Ottoman grandfathers now.

Tekion Particle

8/22/2012 3:59:02 AM

What is wrong with these people? It was a civil war and they came out losers, simple!.. Civil war is a very dirty and bloody ethic less business. Unfortunately the history is repeating itself, in every civil war there are atrocities committed by waring parties. It would be better if everyone gathered their forces to create a better future rather than dwelling on what's happened nearly 100 years ago. Armenia is poor and land locked, it is better to make friends with Turks than enemies. Peace
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