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Chair Cardin Statement on Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement commemorating Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.

“Every April, we remember the one and a half million Armenian lives taken by the Ottoman Empire’s targeted campaign of extermination against Armenians, which began in Constantinople on April 24, 1915. I commend President Biden for becoming the first U.S. President to recognize this as a genocide, and strongly encourage him and my fellow lawmakers to continue rejecting the ongoing persecution of Armenians.

“Since last September, Azerbaijan has forcibly expelled Nagorno-Karabakh’s entire ethnic Armenian population from land they have inhabited for millennia. As the world bears witness to their displacement, all of us have a duty to speak out on their behalf. I also want to recognize how Armenian immigrants, including survivors of the genocide and their descendants, have enriched the United States. Democratic transformation in Armenia since the 2018 Velvet Revolution reflects the democratic values we share, and the aspirations of a people who yearn for a brighter future.”