Administration Withdraws Armenian Ambassador Nominee; Menendez Welcomes News

Administration Withdraws Armenian Ambassador Nominee; Menendez Welcomes News

Menendez had placed hold on Hoagland's nomination over unwillingness to acknowledge Armenian genocide

Washington - The Bush Administration announced today that it has withdrawn the nomination of Richard Hoagland for the position of Ambassador to Armenia. U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee who had placed a hold on the nomination, released the following statement:

"This is certainly welcome news," said Menendez. "The Bush Administration did a terrible disservice to the Armenian people and Armenian Americans when they removed our previous Ambassador to Armenia simply because he recognized the Armenian genocide. It was clear that their nominee to fill his place was controversial. I hope that our next nominee will bring a different understanding to this issue and foster a productive relationship with our friends in Armenia."

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