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Lawmakers push for more recognition of Armenian massacre

April 17, 2011 |  1:30 pm

Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian

Los Angeles-area lawmakers held meetings with representatives of the Armenian American community and hosting events recognizing the 1915 Armenian genocide.

April 24 is the 96th anniversary of the beginning of the mass killing of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks.

Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) is co-author of this year’s measure setting aside the week of April 18-24 for the state to recognize the massacre. Gatto introduced a measure this year extending the period of time that genocide victims' descendants can use California courts to pursue insurers for unpaid policies stemming from the time of the atrocity.

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), author of legislation seeking official congressional recognition of the massacre as genocide, sent a letter to President Obama last week asking him to use the word “genocide” when publicly acknowledging the history of Armenia. That is something Obama did on the campaign trail in 2008, but not since.

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Photo: Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian of the Armenian Apostolic Church blesses a new sign unveiled April 1 on the 60 Freeway that reads "Armenian Genocide Martyrs Monument Next Exit." Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times