On December 12, the U.S. Senate also passed S.Res.150 “Expressing the sense of the Senate that it is the policy of the United States to commemorate the Armenian Genocide through official recognition and remembrance.” The Resolution was agreed to in Senate without amendment and passed by unanimous consent.
Previously, on October 29, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 405-11 agreeing to H.Res. 296 “Affirming the United States record on the Armenian Genocide”. October 29 is also Turkey’s Republic Day, the 96th anniversary commemorating the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.
On December 17, the State Department released the following press statement:
The position of the Administration has not changed. Our views are reflected in the President’s definitive statement on this issue from last April.
- House Passes Resolution Recognizing 1915 Armenian Genocide October 2019
- UN Amb Samantha Power Refers to the “Genocide Denial Against the Armenians” in Elie Wiesel Tribute .
- 1915 Armenian Genocide — The “G” Word as a Huge Landmine, and Diplomatic Equities (April 2015)
- John M. Evans: The diplomat who called the “Events of 1915” a genocide, and was canned for it (Aril 2015)
- $4.2 million to dispute a single word (August 2009)
The Trump administration still does not view the mass killing of Armenians from 1915-1923 as genocide, despite overwhelming bipartisan support by US lawmakers to formally recognize it as such. via @jmhansler https://t.co/jkQ9ggpzae
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) December 17, 2019
Trump administration says won't recognise #ArmenianGenocide
— Ahval (@ahval_en) December 17, 2019
"The position of the administration has not changed", a US State Department spokesperson said https://t.co/AxAn51kQks
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) December 17, 2019
Statement from @statedeptspox on Senate Resolution formally recognizing death of millions of Armenians as "genocide": "The position of the Administration has not changed. Our views are reflected in the President’s definitive statement on this issue from last April."
— Nick Schifrin (@nickschifrin) December 17, 2019
— John M Evans (@EvansinAmerica) December 12, 2019