Community Urged to Act as Confirmation of New Ambassador Nears

WASHINGTON–The Armenian National Committee of America urged immediate action by the Armenian-American community as reports indicated that confirmation hearings on the new Bush Administration US Ambassadorial nominee to Armenian will take place in June.

The ANCA is urging the community to contact senators on the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee to urge to ask tough questions on the nominee’s position on the Armenian Genocide.

President Bush has nominated career diplomat Marie Yovanovitch to serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to Armenia. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will have the opportunity to question Amb. Yovanovitch on a range of issues during the upcoming hearing, which some sources say can take place as early as June 19.

In 2006, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans was fired for speaking honestly about the Armenian Genocide. Subsequently, Richard Hoagland, who was nominated to replace Evans, denied the Armenian Genocide in response to Senate questioning, leading to a widespread public outcry and successive holds on the nomination by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), ultimately resulting in the Bush Administration’s reluctant withdrawal of Hoagland’s nomination, over a year after his nomination.

A genocide denier must not – and should never – represent America in Armenia, a nation that rose from the ashes of genocide. To confirm an Ambassador to Armenia, who denies the Armenian Genocide, would dramatically undermine U.S. diplomacy and credibility in Armenia and represent a repudiation of our commitment to genocide prevention.

To send a web fax to members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee please visit http://www.capwiz.com/anca/issues/alert/?alertid=11427491&type=TA Watch the ANCA press conference at http://youtube.com/watch?v=WM9KiSWoXzk

Community members in California and on the West Coast are urged to immediately contact Sen. Barbara Boxer’s office to urge her to pose tough questions to Yovanovitch.

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