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David Stepanyan

Forecast: Having appeared on the agenda of the Senate, the resolution  on recognition of the Armenian Genocide will inevitably be adopted

Forecast: Having appeared on the agenda of the Senate, the resolution  on recognition of the Armenian Genocide will inevitably be adopted

ArmInfo. Having appeared on the agenda of the Senate, a resolution on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide will inevitably be adopted, Head of Hay Dat Office,  ARF Dashnaktsutyun Bureau Responsible for Foreign Policy Affairs Kiro  Manoyan expressed a similar opinion to ArmInfo.

"The adoption of the resolution on genocide by the US House of  Representatives lasted for 35 years. The resolution periodically  appeared on the agenda of this chamber of the American parliament,  however, most congressmen voted against it. I am convinced that in  the case of the second chamber - the Senate, the adoption of  resolution will not be so long. As soon as the resolution is put on  the agenda of the senators, it will be adopted. And its opponents are  well aware of this, which leads to the blocking of the document even  before it enters the Senate, "he stressed.

Resolution No. 296 was adopted by the House of Representatives by a  majority vote: 405 for, 11 against, with three abstentions. Thus, the  Armenian Genocide was officially recognized by the most influential  country in the world at the level of lower house of Congress. It  should be noted that resolution N296 does not impose any obligations  on the US government, since the document is of a purely advisory  nature.

According to Manoyan's estimates, today the opinions of the  Republican senators regarding the reasonability of adopting a similar  resolution by the Senate were divided and, figuratively speaking,  today there is a struggle between them. At the same time, the  politician is convinced that there are two possible options for the  pro-Armenian resolution to overcome all the possible, upcoming vetos.

According to the politician, the Republicans have already twice  blocked the possibility of directly submitting the resolution on the  Armenian Genocide to the Senate using veto option. Moreover, both  times it was put up by Senator Robert Menendez. However, there are  two other ways. The resolution can be submitted to the Senate thanks  to its head or senator, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations  Committee.  And, according to Manoyan, Armenian lobbyists are already  actively working in this direction.

The pro-Armenian, or rather anti-Turkish resolution was presented to  Senate and led by senior Democrat in Foreign Affairs Committee Robert  Menendez and Congressman Ted Cruz. It is noteworthy that the main  Armenian lobbyist Menendez, presenting the draft Senate version of  the resolution, emphasized that "US foreign policy must honestly  reflect violations of human rights and crimes against humanity."

However, fellow senators were deprived of even the opportunity by  voting on the resolution to respond to Menendez's call. On November  13, the Republican Party senator, Chair of the Senate Committee on  the Judiciary Lindsey Graham, using the rule that one senator could  veto the vote of the entire upper house, blocked the resolution on  recognition of the Armenian Genocide. It is noteworthy that Graham,  who is a close associate of US President Donald Trump, did this  following his meeting at the White House with Recep Erdogan.  A few  days later, Graham unexpectedly announced that he would no longer  impede the discussion of the resolution in the Senate. Democrat  spokesman Robert Menendez re-initiated the discussion, but this time  he was sabotaged by Senator David Perdue .

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