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    American court’s decision to question 39 states’ recognition of Armenian Genocide


    US Federal Appeals Court’s decision prohibiting descendants of Armenian Genocide victims to sue foreign companies for unpaid claims has no legal bases, Hay Dat Central Office Director Kiro Manoyan told a news conference in Yerevan. “In 2000, California state adopted a law enabling descendants of Genocide victims to sue American and other foreign insurance companies for unpaid claims. Following such decision, descendents of the aggrieved filed suit against several insurance companies such as New-York Life (US), AHA (France) and 3 German companies,” Hay Dat Bureau Director noted. Those who filed claims against New York Life and AHA received financial compensation, whereas German companies appealed against the decision, claiming that California State’s law contradicted US Constitution.

    “Court decision says that California state’s law does not conform to US Constitution as it contains the words ‘descendents of Armenian Genocide victims’, whereas United States has not officially recognized the fact. The court also ruled the decision unconstitutional considering that it contained statements on US domestic policy which is within the competence of US Congress and President,” Manoyan stated, adding that no law in America disallows separate states to recognize Armenian Genocide. “If American court’s decision remains unchanged, Turkish organizations in US can use it as a tool to prevent Congress from adopting Genocide Resolution and prohibit official Washington to recognize the fact,” Manoyan said.

    On August 20, US Federal Appeals court ruled that Armenian Americans descended from Genocide victims cannot sue foreign insurance companies for unpaid claims because the US Government does not legally recognize that an Armenian genocide occurred.
    "Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it." ~Malcolm X

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    US not to recognize "Armenian genocide" in 2010


    The United States will not recognize the "Armenian genocide" in 2010.

    The United States will not recognize the "Armenian genocide" in 2010, considers Alexander Arzumanyan, spokesman for the oppositional Armenian National Congress and former foreign minister of Armenia.

    "The United States do not recognize the fact of "Armenian genocide" as it does not meet their national interests. The strategy of the US external policy does not include worsening ties with Turkey", Arzumanyan told a news conference Thursday.

    He said today the Armenian lobby hopes that on the day of the 95th anniversary of the "Armenian genocide" US President Barack Obama will extend his condolences to the Armenian people calling the event as "genocide".

    "But I do not think that this will happen today that the US leadership will take this decision unless the political developments acquire a different shade and the US national strategy in this region changes", the former Armenian foreign minister said.
    "Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it." ~Malcolm X


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      Text of the letter to the president

      July 30, 2009
      President Barack Obama
      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
      Washington, DC 20500

      Dear Mr. President:

      We write to you with our concerns about Turkish backpedaling on the agreed upon roadmap to normalize relations between Turkey and Armenia.
      On April 22, 2009, just two days before the 94th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, the Department of State released the following statement:
      The United States welcomes the statement made by Armenia and Turkey on normalization of their bilateral relations. It has long been and remains the position of the United States that normalization should take place without preconditions and within a reasonable timeframe. We urge Armenia and Turkey to proceed according to the agreed framework and roadmap. We look forward to working with both governments in support of normalization, and thus promote peace, security and stability in the whole region.

      Two days later, instead of recognizing the Armenian Genocide, the Administration opted to focus on this new roadmap to Armenian-Turkish normalization. "I also strongly support the efforts by Turkey and Armenia to normalize their bilateral relations," you wrote. "Under Swiss auspices, the two governments have agreed on a framework and roadmap for normalization. I commend this progress, and urge them to fulfill its promise."
      While the Government of Armenia remains committed to this roadmap and has long offered to establish ties with Turkey without preconditions, Turkey's public statements and actions since April 24th stand in sharp contrast to this agreement and undermine U.S. policy that normalization take place without preconditions.

      On May 13, 2009, Prime Minister Erdogan publically conditioned normalization of relations with Yerevan on Azerbaijan's approval of a future settlement of the Nagorno Karabagh conflict that fully meets Baku's satisfaction. "I want to repeat once more that until the occupation ends, the border gates [with Armenia] will remain closed," Erdogan told the Azeri Parliament.
      On June 17, 2009, EU South Caucasus Envoy Peter Semneby said Turkey had taken "tactical steps backwards" in the normalization process with Armenia.

      It would appear that Turkey, in an effort to block U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide, agreed to a roadmap it did not intend to uphold. Therefore, we urge your Administration to separate the issues of normalization and genocide recognition. We hope that renewed efforts and focused resources from the Administration can be utilized to nurture the Armenia-Turkey normalization process without preconditions and within a reasonable timeframe, and continue to remain strongly supportive of your stated campaign policy to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide.

      Frank Pallone, Jr. (D.-N.J.)
      Mark Steven Kirk (R.-Ill.)
      Adam Schiff (D.-Calif.)
      George Radanovich (R.-Calif.)
      Gary Ackerman (D.-N.Y.)
      Joe Baca (D.-Calif.)
      Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.)
      Shelley Berkley (D.-Nev.)
      Howard Berman (D.-Calif.)
      Gus Bilirakis (R.-Fla.)
      Bruce Braley (D.-Iowa)
      John Campbell (R.-Calif.)
      Lois Capps (D.-Calif.)
      Michael Capuano (D.-Mass.)
      Dennis Cardoza (D.-Calif.)
      Jim Costa (D.-Calif.)
      Jerry Costello (D.-Ill.)
      Joe Courtney (D.-Conn.)
      Joseph Crowley (D.-N.Y.)
      Peter DeFazio (D.-Ore.)
      Steve Driehaus (D.-Ohio)
      Anna Eshoo (D.-Calif.)
      Chaka Fattah (D.-Pa.)
      Bob Filner (D.-Calif.)
      Barney Frank (D.-Mass.)
      Elton Gallegly (R.-Calif.)
      Scott Garrett (R.-N.J.)
      Raul Grijalva (D.-Ariz.)
      Maurice Hinchey (D.-N.Y.)
      Rush Holt (D.-N.J.)
      Michael Honda (D.-Calif.)
      Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D.-Ill.)
      Patrick Kennedy (D.-R.I.)
      Dale Kildee (D.-Mich.)
      Leonard Lance (R.-N.J.)
      James Langevin (D.-R.I.)
      Barbara Lee (D.-Calif.)
      Sander Levin (D.-Mich.)
      Daniel Lipinski (D.-Ill.)
      Frank LoBiondo (R.-N.J.)
      Daniel Lungren (R.-Calif.)
      Stephen Lynch (D.-Calif.)
      Carolyn Maloney (D.-N.Y.)
      Edward Markey (D.-Mass.)
      Betty McCollum (D.-Minn.)
      Thaddeus McCotter (R.-Mich.)
      James McGovern (D.-Mass.)
      Jerry McNerney (D.-Calif.)
      Candice Miller (R.-Mich.)
      Walt Minnick (D.-Idaho)
      Grace Napolitano (D.-Calif.)
      Richard Neal (D.-Calif.)
      Devin Nunes (R.-Calif.)
      John Olver (D.-Mass.)
      Donald Payne (D.-N.J.)
      Gary Peters (D.-Mich.)
      Collin Peterson (D.-Minn.)
      Mike Quigley (D.-Ill.)
      Peter Roskam (R.-Ill.)
      Steven Rothman (D.-N.J.)
      Edward Royce (R.-Calif.)
      Bobby Rush (D.-Ill.)
      Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.)
      Loretta Sanchez (D.-Calif.)
      John Sarbanes (D.-Md.)
      James Sensenbrenner (R.-Wis.)
      Brad Sherman (D.-Calif.)
      Chris Smith (R.-N.J.)
      Mark Souder (R.-Ind.)
      Zack Space (D.-Ohio)
      Jackie Speier (D.-Calif.)
      John Tierney (D.-Mass.)
      Dina Titus (D.-Nev.)
      Paul Tonko (D.-N.Y.)
      Niki Tsongas (D.-Mass.)
      Chris Van Hollen (D.-Md.)
      Tim Walz (D.-Minn.)
      Henry Waxman (D.-Calif.)
      Anthony Weiner (D.-N.Y.)
      Frank Wolf (R.-Va.)
      Lynn Woolsey (D.-Calif.)
      B0zkurt Hunter


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        Obama never will, it's just that. Most likely the US will be the last country in the world to recognise the Armenian Genocide, the irony of course being that Reagan recognised it; only to have this recognition repealed by later Presidents.


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          French Armenians stand by our Armenian-American Compatriots :



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