Monday, October 09, 2006

SOAD Lead Singer Welcomes Blocking Hoagland Confirmation

06.10.2006 17:50 GMT+04:00

Serj Tankian, lead singer for the Grammy Award-winning band System of a Down, has welcomed the "hold" placed by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on the confirmation of Richard Hoagland as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia until the Bush Administration ends its denial of the Armenian Genocide, Armenian National Committee of America reported. "His principled stand represents a powerful contribution to the worldwide effort to end the denial of justice for this crime, and break forever the worldwide cycle of genocide," said Serj Tankian.

Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) placed a "hold" on the confirmation of Richard E. Hoagland as the next U.S. Ambassador to Armenia. In blocking the Hoagland nomination, Sen. Menendez stressed that, "as a leader and defender of democracy, it is our nation's responsibility to speak out against injustice and support equality and human rights. But if the Bush Administration continues to refuse to acknowledge the atrocities of the Armenian Genocide, then there is certainly cause for great alarm, which is why I am placing a hold on this nominee."

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