Tuesday, December 01, 2015
Current Issues of Concern
to the Armenian American Community

Truth & Justice for the Armenian Genocide

President Obama should honor his campaign pledge to commemorate the Armenian Genocide and Congress should enact legislation calling for a truthful and just resolution of this still unpunished crime.

Self-Determination for the Republic of Nagorno Karabagh

The United States should formally recognize the independent Republic of Nagorno Karabagh, affirming its right to self-determination within secure borders.

Armenian Americans & US Foreign Aid Policy

ANCA FY2016 Foreign Aid Priorities 1) At least $5 million in U.S. developmental aid to Nagorno Karabakh. 2) Zero-out U.S. military aid to Azerbaijan until it ceases its aggression, renounces violence, and commits to a purely peaceful resolution of regional conflicts. 3) At least $40 million in U.S. economic assistance to Armenia. 4) In light of the recent attacks on Kessab, a special focus on the delivery of humanitarian and resettlement aid to Armenians and other at-risk minorities in Syria, as well as targeted aid to help Armenia settle thousands fleeing from Syria. 5) At least 10% of U.S. assistance to Georgia to be earmarked for job creation programs in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region of that country. 6) Language strengthening Section 907 restrictions on U.S. aid to Azerbaijan. 7) Ending the Exclusion of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh from the peace process:

Protecting Christians, Preserving Churches & Promoting Religious Freedom

The President and Congress should put in place policies that prevent the vast and ongoing destruction of Christian religious heritage within Turkey, and that start the process of restoring, to their rightful owners, all stolen Christian holy sites and religous properties.

Growing the US-Armenia Economic Relationship

Consistent with calls by Microsoft, FedEx, NASDAQ and other firms doing business in Armenia, the Administration should actively promote the growth of US.-Armenia economic relations by negotiating a U.S.-Armenia Double Tax Treaty, hosting trade missions, and other means.

Supporting Javakhk

Our request, for the Fiscal Year 2016 Foreign Operations Bill, is for at least 10% of a robust U.S. aid package to Georgia be targeted to the Samtskhe-Javakheti region to support job-creation and poverty reduction programs.

Standing with our Middle East Armenian Communities

The ANCA requests that USAID address serious gaps in the delivery of need-based humanitarian aid within Syria, that have left Armenians and other at-risk minority populations largely outside the stream of international assistance. The ANCA calls for increased U.S. and international assistance to help Armenia settle the more than 16,000 refugess from Syria who have found safe haven in Armenia.

Congressional Armenian Caucus

The ANCA urges U.S. House Members to join the Congressional Armenian Caucus and lend their voice to expand the U.S.-Armenia relationship, helps secure a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide; Support Nagorno Karabakh freedom and work to advance the broad range of issues in a bipartisan manner.


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