April 24, 2019
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement marking 104 years since the beginning of the Armenian Genocide:
“One hundred and four years ago, the Ottoman Empire began its horrific, systematic murder of more than 1.5 million innocent Armenian men, women and children. For over a century, the Armenian people have stood courageously against those seeking to rewrite history and deny the Armenian genocide.
“We have a moral obligation to remember these barbaric acts of ethnic cleansing and continue to acknowledge the truth of this dark stain on the history of the world. To honor the memory of those lost and the suffering of those who survived, we firmly and unequivocally denounce all attempts to devalue or minimize these heinous crimes.
“On this solemn occasion, all peace-loving people must continue to speak out against violence, bigotry, hatred and discrimination wherever and whenever it is found. Guided by this mission, we can work together to right the wrongs of history and build a future of hope, peace and freedom for all humankind.”