Armenian “genocide” vote riles Turks

Armenian genocideThe Turkish government says there’ll be negative diplomatic consequences for the Obama administration if the U.S. Congress approves a committee-passed resolution labeling as “genocide” the World War I-era killing of Armenians by Turks.  History Professor Simon Payaslian, chair of Modern Armenian History and Literature who teaches a course on the genocide, says the resolution’s significance goes beyond the accurate labeling of an historical event.

“This should also be seen as a healthy injection of moral principles into U.S. foreign policy — a much needed antidote to the growing world perception that the United States no longer represents the democratic ideals, values, and principles that it once did.”

Contact Simon Payaslian, 617-353-8313,

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