ANCA Calls For Community Meeting With Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry

Requests Pre-April 24th Meeting to Discuss Armenian Genocide, Nagorno Karabakh, U.S.-Armenia Relations, Syrian Armenians, and other Community Priorities

WASHINGTON—The Armenian National Committee of America this week called upon newly confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry to host a meeting with the broad-based collective leadership of Armenian American organizations, prior to the annual April 24th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

In a letter, dated February 14th, ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian congratulated Secretary Kerry on his new position, noting his decades of friendship with Armenian Americans from his home state of Massachusetts.  “We are especially pleased that, at this historic moment in our nation’s foreign relations, our Department of State will be led by a Secretary with such a distinguished and extensive record, extending back well over three decades, of expertise and leadership on the policies, principles, and priorities of special concern to our community,” wrote Hachikian.

The letter went on to cite the broad array of Armenian American foreign policy concerns that the community regularly discusses with the Department of State, stressing that the ANCA looks forward to working with Secretary Kerry “on all the issues that [he] so ably advanced during [his] service in the Senate, among them strengthening U.S.-Armenia ties, ensuring security for the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, protecting Armenians and other Christian populations in Syria, and, of course, ending Turkey’s gag-rule on American recognition of the Armenian Genocide.”  Hachikian continued noting, “In the spirit of open dialogue that has always characterized your relations with Armenian Americans, in Massachusetts and around the nation, we respectfully call upon you, prior to this April 24th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, to host a meeting with the broad-based, collective leadership of our community.”

During his confirmation process, then Senator Kerry offered responses to a series of questions from Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on Armenian American concerns. In his written responses, he highlighted the growth of relations between Armenia and the U.S., but, on the subject of the Armenian Genocide, reflected what ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian described as “President Obama’s own public retreat, under pressure from Ankara, from his principled stand in support of a full and forthright American condemnation of Turkey’s still unpunished crime against all of humanity.”  Secretary Kerry’s written responses to Senate questions on Armenian American concerns can be viewed at:
http://www.anca.org/press_releases/press_releases.php?prid=2215

The ANCA recently hosted a roundtable discussion with Justin Friedman, the State Department’s Director of the Office of Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts, about strategies to grow the U.S.-Armenia trade and investment relationship.  Video of the roundtable can be viewed in full at: http://www.anca.org/press_releases/press_releases.php?prid=2217

The complete text of the ANCA letter to Secretary Kerry is provided below.

Dear Secretary Kerry:

I am writing, on behalf of Americans of Armenian heritage and all of our nation’s many friends of Armenia, to congratulate you upon your swearing-in as Secretary of State.

We are especially pleased that, at this historic moment in our nation’s foreign relations, our Department of State will be led by a Secretary with such a distinguished and extensive record, extending back well over three decades, of expertise and leadership on the policies, principles, and priorities of special concern to our community.  We look forward to working with you, in your new capacity, on all the issues that you so ably advanced during your service in the Senate, among them strengthening U.S.-Armenia ties, ensuring security for the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh, protecting Armenians and other Christian populations in Syria, and, of course, ending Turkey’s gag-rule on American recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

In the spirit of open dialogue that has always characterized your relations with Armenian Americans, in Massachusetts and around the nation, we respectfully call upon you, prior to this April 24th commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, to host a meeting with the broad-based, collective leadership of our community.

Thank you for your consideration of our concerns and attention to our request.

Sincerely,
Kenneth V. Hachikian
Chairman

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2 Comments

  1. George said:

    Unless Armenians go to Senator Kerry with OIL and $$$$$$$$$, it’s waste of time.

  2. Zareh said:

    I thought i read the same four years ago. “ANCA calls for Community Meeting with Clinton”.
    Wise up ANCA. There is no salvation to Armenia from the West. Our salvation is from Russia.
    Stop wasting hard earned dollars of the Armenian Diaspora trying to change American Foreign Policy. Those dollars should go straight to the homeland in creating businesses which employ people.
    Not a penny should be given to ANY American politician. They are ALL snakes.

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