Current Issues for Armenian Americans ANCA on the Issues

Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide: The Congress needs to pass an Armenian Genocide Resolution and President Bush should honor his pledge to commemorate the Armenian Genocide.

US Aid to Armenia: The Congress should adopt a $125 million hard-earmark for Armenia in the FY2003 foreign aid bill to offset the multi-billion dollar impact of the Turkish and Azeri blockades.

US Aid to Nagorno Karabakh: The Congress–in the FY2003 foreign aid bill–should encourage the Administration to deliver previously appropriated aid to Nagorno Karabakh–and allocate no less than $10 million specifically for Nagorno Karabakh’s reconstruction and economic rehabilitation.

Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act: The Congress should include a "sunset" provision in the FY2003 foreign aid bill that allows the President to extend the authority to waive Section 907 on a year-to-year basis only with explicit Congressional approval.

US Military Aid to Azerbaijan: The Congress should oppose–and the Administration should withhold–US military assistance–transfers–and sales to Azerbaijan.

US Arms Sales/Transfers to Turkey: Congress should scrutinize proposed sales and transfers of US arms to Turkey that may be used for offensive purposes or to commit human rights abuses.

Self-Determination for the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh: The US should formally recognize the independent Republic of Nagorno Karabakh’s right to self-determination within secure borders.

Expanding the US-Armenia Relationship: The Administration and Congress should expand bilateral programs–such as the US-Armenia Task Force–and approve the US-Armenia Tax Treaty and Social Security Agreement.

US Financing of Baku-Ceyhan Pipeline Routes that Bypass Armenia: The Congress should adopt legislation–such as H.Con.Res.162–and withhold US taxpayer support for the planning or construction of a Baku-Ceyhan pipeline that bypasses Armenia.

Restrictions on the Armenian Community in Turkey: The State Departmen’s should more thoroughly document and more vigorously protest the continued violation of the individual and community rights of the Armenian population in Turkey.

US-Armenia Anti-Terrorism and Security Cooperation: The Administration should expand its security cooperation with Armenia–particularly on programs designed to reduce the military threat to Armenia from Turkey and Azerbaijan.

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