GLENDALE — The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday approved a controversial resolution that urges the president to recognize the Armenian Genocide, despite warnings from President Bush and eight former U.S. secretaries of state that passage of the bill would jeopardize the United States’ crucial alliance with Turkey.
The symbolic resolution still requires a House vote, but because a House majority has already co-sponsored the bill, Wednesday’s hearing was characterized by supporters as the measure’s most critical hurdle.
“That is the view of most everybody because just factually, we have more than half [of House members] signed as cosponsors . . . and with Speaker [Nancy Pelosi] supporting it, I can’t see how this fails unless something extraordinary happens,” said Harut Sassounian, publisher of the Glendale-based California Courier and president of the United Armenian Fund.