2009-05-06 / Features

Vallone Calls For Armenian Genocide Recognition


City Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. (at lectern), other elected officials and hundreds of spectators gathered at West 43rd Street and Broadway in Times Square on April 26 to commemorate the 94th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide on Apr. 24, 1915. Between 1915 and 1923, some 1.5 million Armenians, more than half the Armenian population of Turkey, were massacred and many more deported under the government of the Young Turks of the Ottoman Empire. To date, 21 countries have acknowledged the Genocide; Turkey has not. Vallone and his colleague, Councilmember Melinda Katz, every year sponsor a council resolution calling for official recognition of the Armenian Genocide. City Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. (at lectern), other elected officials and hundreds of spectators gathered at West 43rd Street and Broadway in Times Square on April 26 to commemorate the 94th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide on Apr. 24, 1915. Between 1915 and 1923, some 1.5 million Armenians, more than half the Armenian population of Turkey, were massacred and many more deported under the government of the Young Turks of the Ottoman Empire. To date, 21 countries have acknowledged the Genocide; Turkey has not. Vallone and his colleague, Councilmember Melinda Katz, every year sponsor a council resolution calling for official recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

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