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U.S. Armenians have launched one of their largest donation campaigns to “help bring down Ankara’s last firewalls against the justice Turkey owes the Armenian nation,” the biggest and most influential U.S. Armenian group said on the weekend.

Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) chairman Ken Hachikian urged Armenians to donate funds to strengthen Armenia and pass the “Armenian genocide” bill pending in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.

ANCA executive director Aram Hamparian also said there was a quite good linkage between such campaigns and “the ability of reformers to implement meaningful remedies to punish the guilty and restore the rights of those victimized by these crimes.”

 “American condemnation in the 1980s of apartheid in South Africa, a major U.S. Cold War ally, was the first step toward a U.S. policy of actively seeking to reverse this hateful policy,” Hamparian said as an example.

“The public’s understanding of the truth and the perpetrator’s eventual acceptance of its wrongs represented a powerful step toward the justice required to remedy great offenses against humanity,” he said.
 “These examples, while not perfect analogies, shed some light as to how recognition of the Armenian genocide by the U.S. government and the acceptance by the Turkish government of its responsibilities for this crime can, very meaningfully, help pave the way for a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian genocide,” Hamparian said.

 “The Turkish government understands this reality. Its leaders, intelligence officers and diplomats are well aware of the stakes. Denial is their last firewall against justice. That’s why Ankara devotes millions of dollars and a growing share of its political capital to preventing U.S. and international recognition of the Armenian genocide,” he said.

 “And that’s why we need your help in generating the Armenian American political power to both end U.S. complicity in Ankara’s denial of the Armenian genocide, and to finally break the back of the Turkish state and society’s obstruction of the truth and justice owed to the Armenian nation,” Hamparian said.

May/03/2012

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Hakan Osman

5/3/2012 9:52:47 PM

I support efforts to acknowledge what happened to the Anatolian Armenians. There were 2 million Armenians living in Anatolia in 1900, and they have all “disappeared.” It was a crime against humanity and I don’t see it as a Turkish or Armenian issue.

oğuz tolga

5/3/2012 7:44:38 PM

Ask Americans, What Would USA do,if Hispanics ware Russian and mexican army uniforms and kill their neighbor Americans to add Texas and California to Mexico when USA is in a world war and fighting with the allies Russia/japan/Germany.

Murat

5/3/2012 4:56:45 PM

Medieval blood feud, thats all. No amount of propaganda has ever changed any facts.

mistique holland

5/3/2012 4:50:18 PM

Shall we than also launch a campaign against all people calling themselves Americans for the murder and slaughter of the Indians, the British for murdering the Aboriginals and the Maori"s, and us Dutch for the murder of South Africans and Molukken!!!

David Cuthell

5/3/2012 4:30:18 PM

Here we go again! Congress is not the venue. The Turkish Government should extend an invitation to come to Turkey, visit their ancestral homes and talk about the future, calmly, without anger and with dignity for all.

Suhail Shafi

5/3/2012 4:09:06 PM

With all due respect to all parties concerned, don't these people have anything better to do with their time ?

Nazareth Jansezian

5/3/2012 1:36:10 PM

Teflic Alp: Please explain to your Turkish and Azerbaijani friends that Azerbaijan should honorably accept defeat and stop bickering about the liberation of the historic Armenian lands in Karabagh. Thank you for your efforts.

V Tiger

5/3/2012 1:31:00 PM

History cannot be re-written as per the wishes of politicians which Turkey has done since its new republic's creation.Better face history as it was & move on.

sam stevens

5/3/2012 9:49:16 AM

Good luck to the Armenians,they deserve recognition.... which will come eventually. Hiding behind sanitized & faulty history does the present government of Turkey no favours whatsoever.

Dennis Kavaz

5/3/2012 5:22:43 AM

The Alleged Armenian genocide; the ANZAC s (before landing at Gallipoli) was told that a Turk was black fanatic and a brutal beast; before leaving Gallipoli however the ANZAC said the Turk was a gentleman a worthy enemy and called him Johnny the Turk
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