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Sep 23 2008

New American Ambassador To Armenia Arrived Recently

Last week, newly appointed Ambassor to Armenia Marie Yovanovitch arrived in Yerevan where she will command her post.

Armenian-American groups have been seeking to force the Bush administration to change its policy on the 1915 incidents, but Yovanovitch clearly adhered to the US line of refusing to label the incidents as “genocide” at her confirmation hearing in the Senate. Last year the White House withdrew its nomination of career diplomat Richard Hoagland after one lawmaker blocked it in an objection to that policy. The post had remained vacant for two years. Armenia, with the backing of its diaspora, claims that up to 1.5 million of its kin were slaughtered in orchestrated killings in 1915. Turkey rejects the claims, saying that 300,000 Armenians along with at least as many Turks died in civil strife that emerged when the Armenians took up arms for independence in eastern Anatolia.

Washington has had no full-time ambassador in Yerevan since May 2006 and has attached great importance to sending Yovanovitch there at a time of increasing Russian influence in the region and a worsening conflict with Iran over its alleged development of nuclear arms, officials said at the time.

The last ambassador was removed by George Bush because he openly called the “killings” a genocide. Bush is an idiot.

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