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White House Withdraws Nominee For Armenia Envoy


http://gdb.rferl.org/49E2472D-F012-4B06-B68E-D6E46681F7B2_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/49E2472D-F012-4B06-B68E-D6E46681F7B2_mw800_mh600.jpg Richard Hoagland (ANCA) August 4, 2007 -- The Bush administration has withdrawn its nominee to be the U.S. ambassador to Armenia.


Career diplomat Richard Hoagland's nomination had previously been blocked by Democratic Party members of the Senate over Hoagland's refusal to describe the World War I-era killings of Armenians as "genocide."


Turkey, a NATO member and ally of the United States, rejects that up to 1.5 million Armenians were massacred in a planned genocide during the Ottoman Empire.


(AP)

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