Many of the refugees that came to America joined the U.S. military to fight during World War I because Turkey had allied themselves with Germany. Turkey remained neutral during WWII, then joined the NATO in 1952. They have consistently denied that they participated in the genocide of Armenians. This has sparked many debates and has prompted Armenians in America to call for the U.S. to recognize the Armenian Genocide, however that recognition has not been given. Recently Congressman Adam Schiff pressed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on her opposition to the recognition. During an appropriations hearing, Schiff asked if Rice believed that the murder of 1.5 million Armenians could be characterized as anything other than genocide, but she did not give a direct response.
Krikorian said that a dialogue to recognize the genocide is important and that he is proud of the students in the Glendale district who have taken up the cause to educate the community on this tragic event.