ANCA and State Department Talk US-Armenia Ties and Artsakh Peace Talks

ANCA Chairman advances 360-degree community priorities during two-days of meetings in nation’s capital

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent with ANCA Chairman Raffi Hamparian, ANCA Programs Director Tereza Yerimyan, and ANCA Eastern U.S. Executive Director Aram Balian following an April 10th meeting on key community priorities.

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) recently held a constructive discussion regarding Armenian American policy priorities with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent. During an April 10 meeting at the US Department of State, ANCA Chairman Raffi Hamparian, ANCA Programs Director Tereza Yerimyan and ANCA Eastern U.S. Executive Director Aram Balia raised a number of issues, including:

  • Realizing the mutual benefits of a post-Velvet Revolution strategic upgrade in U.S.-Armenia political, economic, and military relations
  • Strengthening the Artsakh cease-fire, removing barriers to US-Artsakh dialogue, and expanding the U.S. aid program to Artsakh.
  • Ending U.S. complicity in Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide through honest American remembrance of this crime against humanity.

The talks were part of a two-day series of Congressional and State Department meetings timed with the annual Capitol Hill commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, held at the historic Hart Senate Office building on April 9. Congressional Armenian Caucus leaders and supporters emphasized the importance of swift passage of newly introduced Senate and Armenian Genocide legislation (H.Res.396 and S.Res.150), which call for a permanent US policy of proper Armenian Genocide remembrance and recognition, ending US complicity in Turkey’s denial of that crime and, promoting broad-based public Armenian Genocide education to prevent future atrocities.

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The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian-American grassroots organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues. To learn more, visit www.anca.org.

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