Yerevan, October 30, Interfax - The Supreme Spiritual Council of the Armenian Apostolic Church has hailed the United States House of Representatives' approval of a resolution which recognizes the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire.
The Church described the resolution as "an important step from the angle of restoration of historical justice and respect for the memory of our holy martyrs."
"Hopefully, the U.S. authorities and people will demonstrate similar impartiality in promoting further recognition of the genocide and prevention of similar crimes in the future," the statement, which was posted by the Office of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin on Wednesday, said.
The resolution adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives by 405 votes to 11 recognizes and condemns the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire. The document is not legally binding, yet can be expected to upset Ankara, which already has rather tense relations with the United States.