To the Editor,

House Resolution spurs a historical allegation of “genocide” that has not been historically or legally substantiated to this date. Numerous American and international scholars, all experts in the history of the Ottoman Empire, dispute Armenian allegations, leading to the conclusion that while Armenian civilian losses during World War I were tragic, the events of 1915 were not tantamount to genocide. The 600,000 Armenians did not suffer alone, at least 523,000 Turks were massacred starting already in 1914 by the Armenian army.

The alleged “genocide” that the Armenian lobby and its sponsored researches are pushing has never been proven. Genocide is a crime with a legal and binding definition codified in the UN Genocide Convention of 1948, which the U.S. has ratified as a treaty, as well as under the U.S. criminal code, 18 USC 1091 — thus acknowledging the sole jurisdiction to hear genocide allegations is the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague. The so-called “Armenian genocide” does not fit the UN and US genocide definitions, and has never been heard at The Hague. Recently, Ban Ki Moon, the UN Secretary General said the Armenian case was not genocide, but rather “atrocity crimes.”

I strongly oppose House Resolution154, and encourage greater and more balanced study of the region by all lawmakers, striving to decrease the Armenian lobby’s influence, and not allowing a democracy like Turkey to be chastised by a resolution, while the beneficiary, Armenia, is an aggressor state that ignores four UN Security Council resolutions calling it to withdraw its army from Azerbaijan, and while Armenia has been selling weapons to Iran, and was nearly sanctioned by the U.S. Government. I join the U.S. Turkic Network (USTN) and up to one million Turkic-Americans in speaking against this highly flawed resolution.

Ali Koymen,

Arlington, Texas

Elif Kivanc,

Coppell, Texas