Treachery Most Foul, Anew

"We have a fundamental policy disagreement with the U.S. with respect to affirmation of the Armenian Genocide, and believe that speaking the truth should not be grounds for dismissal. Ambassador Evans’ departure remains troubling and we will continue to advocate for full and irrevocable U.S. reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide. At the same time, we also are aware that the Armenian government has given its Agreement to Ambassador-designate Richard Hoagland and believe that the U.S.-Armenia relationship will be better served with an Ambassador than without. Best Regards, Arpi Vartanian Country Director, Armenia Nagorno Karabakh Armenian Assembly of America (o) (+374-10) 52-95-13 (f) (+374-10) 52-70-32 aaa@arminco.com www.aaainc.org" Yes, they’re at it again, coddling Genocide deniers. You’d think the Armenian Assembly would have learned its lesson after the disastrous results of the Turkish-Armenia Reconciliation Commission they heartily supported. Evidently not! It seems scuttlebutt on the Hill (i.e. Congress) for the last few weeks had it that the AA was supporting the appointment of Richard Hoagland as U.S. Ambassador to Armenia. Hard to believe, of course. How could or why would an Armenian organization support a Genocide denier? This was happening while the ANC was waging a hard-hitting and successful campaign to bottle up Hoagland’s nomination. Think about it, the White House has to deal with the Senate’s objections to its U.N. Ambassador appointee. The confluence of these two issues gives us a lot of leverage. Evidently, the ANC’s efforts were being undercut by the Assembly in secret. This kind of divided approach gives government officials just the cover they need to do nothing, to just avoid the whole issue. If the Assembly (or ANC for that matter) doesn’t see fit to support a particular initiative, the wisest political course is silence, not treachery. Well, now it’s public, thanks to queries from Armenia’s media. The beginning of this piece is the Assembly’s reply. What you read above is exactly the White House/ State Department’s line. Is it the proper role of an Armenian advocacy organization to parrot the position of an institution whose interests are not (quite understandably) those of our nation? This is the kind of cow-towing, sniveling, go-along-to get along attitude that endears the Assembly to the halls of establishment power. In return, they get more U.S. aid dollars earmarked for Armenia that, in turn, strengthens their ability to function in our homeland. They seemingly become the source of good things, thus earning credibility. This is unacceptable. Selling out on fundamentals for the sake of further access speaks loudly as to how trustworthy the Assembly is NOT. Those supporting the organization should let its leadership know how they feel about this and similar issues– TARC, port development in Drabizon… Actually, all Armenia’s should let the Armenian Assembly know what they think of its treachery. Call, e-mail, or snail mail them at: 202/393-3434 info@aaainc.org 1140 19th St. NW #600 Washington, DC, 20036

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