Presidential Contenders Mark 13th Anniversary of Armenian Independence

WASHINGTON–DC (ANCA)–President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry congratulated the Armenian people on the 13th anniversary of Armenian independence. On September 21–1991–the Republic of Armenia declared its independence from the Soviet Union–beginning a new chapter in Armenia’s over 3000-year history.

"We want to thank President Bush and Senator Kerry for joining with Armenian Americans from across the country in marking the 13th anniversary of Armenia’s rebirth–in 1991–as an independent state," said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. "Their remarks underscore the powerful bipartisan American consensus in support of further strengthening the US-Armenia relationship and fostering the enduring bonds–born of shared values–between the American and Armenian peoples."

"In a statement released this week–Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry stated–"Time and again–Armenia’s have demonstrated the ability of the human’spirit to triumph over adversity and even to persist in the face of genocide. I salute the courage and independence of the Armenian people." Earlier this year–Sen. Kerry had also marked the independence of the first Republic of Armenia (1918-1920)–celebrated on May 28th–noting: "The first Republic of Armenia rose 86 years ago from the ashes of the Armenian genocide–but was partitioned soon afterwards. Yet–Armenia’s yearned for independence–and seven decades later realized their dream of self-determination."

" In his message to President Robert Kocharian–President Bush cited Armenia as a "key partner with the United States." He specifically cited Armenia’s assistance in the war against terror and impending deployment of non-combatant troops to Iraq. "I look forward to enhancing the cooperation between our countries and strengthening the deep ties of friendship between our people," concluded President Bush.

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