VIDEO - State Department Press Spokesperson Jen Psaki : We clearly acknowledge as historical fact and mourn loss of 1.5 million Armenians -
Journalists questioned State Department Press Spokesperson Jen Psaki regarding the Obama Administration's position on the Senate Armenian Genocide Resolution and pending Committee consideration.
Psaki explained, "Well, our position has long been that we acknowledge -- clearly acknowledge as historical fact and mourn the loss of 1.5 million Armenians who were massacred or marched to their deaths in the final days of the Ottoman Empire. These horrific events resulted in one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century, and the United States recognizes that they remain a great source of pain for the people of Armenia and of Armenian descent, as they do for all of us who share basic universal values. Beyond that, I don't have any other comment for you." Despite repeated queries, Psaki stopped short of the State Department's traditional practice of openly arguing against the adoption of Armenian Genocide legislation.