Senators from Michigan Mark Armenian Independence

WASHINGTON–In speeches on the floor of the US Senate–Michigan Senators Spence Abraham and Carl Levin joined the Armenian-American community in recognizing the sixth anniversary of the re-establishment of independence in Armenia–reported the Armenian National Committee of America.

"Armenia’s in Michigan and around the nation thank Senators Levin and Abraham for their steadfast support for the independence of Armenia and their determined efforts to ensure a secure–prosperous–and democratic future for the Armenian people," said Michigan native Harry Derderian–who serves as Director of Congressional Relations for the ANC/Eastern US

In his September 18 speech–Sen. Abraham highlighted the key roles that perseverance and the undying commitment to self-determination played in attaining and maintaining independence.

"Despite the hardships that the people of Armenia have endured–they continue to hold strong to the belief that independence and security are essential for the country to prosper. Oliver Wendell Holmes once said "the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand–as in what direction we are moving." Although the Republic of Armenia continues to face an ongoing blockade by Turkey and Azerbaijan–I am convinced it is not where Armenia’stands now but rather the perseverance that exists–that will lead Armenia into the future. Let it be known–that I encourage the citizens and Government of the Republic to remain faithful to the ideals of democracy and to continue to strengthen the relationship between Armenia and the United States."

Sen. Levin–noting the "indispensable" support Armenian Americans have provided as Armenia emerged from Soviet rule–stressed the historic significance of Armenia’s second independence.

"The historic vote for independence on September 21–1991–has a far greater significance when examined in light of Armenia’s modern history. Throughout the last century–the Armenian people have experienced incredible hardship and tragedy in their efforts to rule themselves. Armenia began the 20th century under the control of the Ottoman Turks. Ottoman Turk rule turned savage at the beginning of World War I when it engaged a government-organized genocide on the Armenia’s. During the Armenian

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