Congressman Pallone Commemorates Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

Apr 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06), Co-Chair of the Armenian Issues Caucus, released the following statement on the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

“Today, we honor the victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide. This commemoration is a somber one for me as I reflect on the victims of the Armenian Genocide, the continued denial by the Turkish government, and our own government’s refusal to use the word “genocide” to describe these events. For thousands of years, the Armenian people have been known for their perseverance in the face of great challenges, and I know that they will not rest until these horrific events are properly acknowledged.  I will continue to press the Trump administration and my colleagues in Congress to acknowledge the facts. And the facts are that what happened to Armenians a century ago was without a doubt genocide.”

This month, Pallone led a letter from members of Congress to President Trump asking that he commemorate April 24th as a day of American remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. Yesterday, he attended the annual Times Square rally in New York City to commemorate its 102nd Anniversary. Congressman Pallone spoke in favor of recognizing the genocide and for increased U.S. support for Armenia & Artsakh.