REMEMBERING THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
(Extensions of Remarks - April 26, 2013)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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                   REMEMBERING THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

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                         HON. GUS M. BILIRAKIS

                               of florida

                    in the house of representatives

                         Friday, April 26, 2013

  Mr. BILIRAKIS. Mr. Speaker, with Orthodox Christians across the world 
observing Holy Week next week, it is only fitting that today we 
remember a time in history that tested the will and character of the 
Armenian people.
  Like the earliest Christians, the Armenians proved themselves not 
only survivors of persecution, but also masters of their destinies.
  I have been a strong supporter of Armenia and of the Armenia Genocide 
resolution, which recognizes the massacre of 1.5 million innocent 
Armenian men, women and children at the hands of the Ottoman Empire as 
genocide.
  These atrocities should not be ignored whether they took place in the 
early 20th century by the Ottomans, the mid-20th century by the Third 
Reich, or now with the ongoing violence in the Nuba Mountains and 
Burma.
  Genocide is a scourge on the human race and must be acknowledged as 
such.
  As we continue to seek the truth, a final acknowledgement of the 
horrific events that took place so long ago, I will always stand in 
solidarity with the Armenian people.

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