April 10, 2019

Warren Joins Menendez, Cruz to Introduce Bipartisan Senate Resolution Affirming U.S. Recognition of Armenian Genocide

Resolution Text (PDF)

 Washington, DC - Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined with Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to introduce a Senate resolution ensuring the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning the Armenian Genocide. Carried out by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923, the Armenian Genocide resulted in the forced deportation of nearly 2 million Armenians, of whom 1.5 million were killed.

"The genocide of 1.5 million Armenians is an atrocity that we must never forget," said Senator Warren. "If we do not recognize the horrors of the past, we risk them being repeated. I am glad to once again join my fellow senators in both parties to honor the lives cruelly taken during the genocide, to celebrate the survivors and their families, and to promote a more just and hopeful future for the Armenian people and the Armenian diaspora in Massachusetts and across the United States."

"As we near the anniversary of Armenian Remembrance Day, one of the darkest events in human history, I am proud to lead this effort to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide on behalf of the U.S. Congress.  The Armenian genocide is a historical fact and not up for debate," said Senator Menendez. "Only by accurately recognizing this genocide of the past can we ever hope to move forward in a legitimate and effective manner to meet the challenge of preventing mass atrocities and genocide in the future. With this resolution, we honor the millions of victims of this genocide, remember how they died and pledge that history accurately remember their deaths."

"We must never be silent in response to atrocities. Over one hundred years ago, the world was silent as the Armenian people suffered a horrific genocide, and today many are still unaware of it," said Senator Cruz. "I am proud to join Sen. Menendez and my colleagues today in introducing this resolution. May the terrors of those events awaken in us the courage to always stand for freedom against evil."

Senator Warren has a history of recognizing the Armenian Genocide. For example, in 2015, the Senator delivered remarks at a ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of this atrocity in Armenian Heritage Park in Boston, along with other members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation and local residents.

Joining Senators Menendez, Cruz, and Warren in introducing the Resolution were Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).