Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) opposes appointment of Jeff Flake as US Ambassador to Turkey
US President Joe Biden has nominated Jeff Flake for the post of US Ambassador to Turkey. Flake is known as a figure who denies the Armenian Genocide. That is why the Armenian National Committee of America supports the Senate's thorough investigation into Jeff Flake's denial of the Armenian Genocide.
"Jeff Flake's long, disgraceful record of Armenian Genocide denial casts a dark shadow over his candidacy," said ANCA President Raffi Hamparian, adding that President Biden, who joined the Senate and House of Representatives earlier this year to recognize the Armenian Genocide. "It sends the wrong signal to Ankara, only months later it worsens the historical commemoration of April."
"We can and we must do more, attaching significant importance to the policy of the Genocide, sending an ambassador to Turkey with the spirit of Henry Morgenthau or John Evans, so that we have a strong history of forcibly, openly and publicly denying Ankara's falsifications," said ANCA President Raffi Hamparian.
As a member of the US House of Representatives and later the US Senate, Flake has consistently spoken out against the bipartisan efforts of Congress to recognize the Armenian Genocide. In 2005, 2007 and 2010, Flake, as a member of the US House of Representatives, voted against events related to the Armenian Genocide. In 2014, Flake was one of five U.S. senators to oppose a resolution on the Armenian Genocide drafted by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee by President Robert Menendez (D-NJ).
In the coming weeks, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider the nomination of Jeff Flake. The Armenian National Committee of America will work to investigate Flake's denial of the Armenian Genocide.