ÜMENGİNSOYWASHINGTON - Hürriyet Daily News
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama. has reiterated his commitment to recognize the World War I-era killings of Armenians during the Ottoman Empire as genocide, if elected president. "The Armenian genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence," he said in a statement late Friday sent to the U.S. Armenian community, according to the Armenian National Committee of America, or ANCA, the largest U.S. Armenian group.
"Barack Obama strongly supports the passage of the Armenian genocide resolution pending in the House of Representatives and the Senate and will recognize the Armenian genocide," the statement said. "The statement comes amid a flurry of reports in the Turkish press regarding a meeting that supposedly took place over the last few days between a senior Turkish official, Ahmet Davutoğlu, and a representative of the Obama – Biden campaign, after which Davutoğlu called into question Obama's commitment to this core human rights issue," ANCA executive director Aram Hamparian said. “The ANCA welcomes further reaffirmation of Barack Obama's strong commitment to issues of concern to the Armenian American community, including proper recognition of the Armenian genocide and fostering a strong U.S.-Armenia relationship," Hamparian said.