Updated: Jul 1, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Congressman Robert Dold (R-IL), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, applauded the German Bundestag, lower house of parliament, for overwhelmingly passing a resolution eclaring the killings of Armenians by the government of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 a genocide.
Last year, Pallone, Dold, and over 40 Members of Congress introduced legislation calling on the United States government to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
“We applaud the German parliament for acknowledging the atrocities committed against the Armenian people for exactly what they were – genocide. The German people have had their own internal struggle in dealing with crimes against humanity in their history, and it is a powerful statement that they are now honoring the countless victims of the Armenian Genocide.
"Now, it is time for the U.S. government to properly recognize historical fact and pass our bipartisan resolution to recognize the Armenian Genocide. By recognizing these horrific crimes as genocide, we can once again renew our commitment to prevent such atrocities from occurring again. The United States must push Turkey to come to terms with its own history and remove their shrouded policy of denial from covering up one of the most horrific tragedies in world history.”