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L.A. County Officials Push for Turkish Recognition of Armenian Genocide

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted
today to send a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to petition the
Turkish government to recognize the 1915 Armenian genocide.

President Barack Obama. Photos by Gary McCarthy
President Barack Obama.
Photos by Gary McCarthy

marked the 100th anniversary of the
slaughter and decried the “Turkish government’s continued denial of that
genocide.”
Moving to “honor the 1.5 million victims,” Antonovich told his
colleagues, “23 nations and our Pope Francis have declared this a genocide …
it’s time that we also proclaim it a genocide.”
An Armenian priest told the board that the “eighth and final stage of
genocide is denial.”
Recalling the Holocaust and reciting a list of other genocides in
Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur and “today in the desert of Syria,” the religious
leader told the board, “and we still say `never again.”’
Supervisor Hilda Solis told her colleagues that “any assault on
humanity is an assault on all of us.”
Los Angeles is home to the largest Armenian population in America —
more than 183,000 people according to the latest available U.S. Census
estimates.
Tens of thousands of people marched to the Turkish consulate in Los
Angeles last week to mark the anniversary and several public officials had
harsh words for the President and Congress, who have failed to push Turkey, a
NATO ally, on the issue.
During a visit to Washington, D.C. last week, Turkish Foreign Minister
Mevlut Cavusoglu warned that any use of the term “genocide” by Obama would
have a “detrimental effect” on U.S.-Turkish relations, The Washington Post
reported.
Turkey has cooperated with the U.S. in its fight against Islamic State
militants in Iraq and Syria.

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