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Democratic lawmaker's resolution pushes Obama to recognize Armenian genocide

June 15, 2011 |  8:27 am


U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) this week introduced a House resolution that would call on President Obama to officially recognize the Armenian genocide as having occurred at the hands of Ottoman Turks.

Similar efforts have repeatedly stalled or failed under pressure from the White House and lawmakers who fear such a resolution would harm strategic ties with Turkey, which has argued with the historical accuracy of calling the death of more than 1 million Armenians beginning in 1915 the result of genocide.

In announcing the bipartisan resolution with Rep. Robert Dold, a Republican from Illinois, Schiff says the facts of the genocide are well documented and “non-negotiable,” according to 818 Now.

Congress never voted on Schiff's resolution last year.


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Photo: Adam Schiff. Credit: Times Community News.