The bill suggests guaranteeing that U.S. foreign policy will reflect a relevant understanding towards human rights issues, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocides with the example of the Armenian Genocide documented by the United States of America.
The co-authors of the bill are senators Ted Cruz, Ed Marky and Tom Udall.
“102 years after the tragedy that took place in the Ottoman Empire, we must name it by its real name – genocide. I think that our country’s incapability to do that step creates room in the modern world for barbarism. Therefore, I call on my senator colleagues to put an end to this shameful reality. This bill clearly defines that we will always respect the memory of those innocent Armenian men, women and children who have been killed or deported from their fatherland, and will always remember this as a lesson which will always counteract any form of crime against humanity,” Robert Menendez said.
Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America Aram Hamparian thanked Senator Menendez and his colleagues for submitting the bill. “It goes without saying that for Armenian-Turkish reconciliation it’s first of all necessary that Turkey recognizes facts and the consequences of the Armenian Genocide,” Hamparian said.