Merrimack Valley ANC Meets With Representative Niki Tsongas

LOWELL, MA–Armenian National Committee of Merrimack Valley (ANCMV) activists earlier this month met with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-MA-5) to discuss issues of concern to the Armenian American community, including Armenian Genocide recognition and Nagorno Karabagh self-determination.

During the meeting, past ANC MV chairmen Joe Dagdigian and Stepan Dulgarian explained the history of Nagorno Karabagh and the continuous human rights violations committed by the Azeri government. ANC MV chairwoman Pearl Teague encouraged Tsongas to take more decisive action on this issue and support appropriate aid and other economic and political policies regarding self-determination for the people of Nagorno Karabagh.

Activist John Dagdigian shared his views regarding genocide recognition and Stepan Dulgarian also shared his family’s personal experience. Tsongas who had co-sponsored H. Res. 106, the Armenian Genocide resolution, shortly after being sworn in to the 110th Congress in October 2007, expressed her commitment to this issue and the importance of its recognition. "The mass murders committed by the Ottoman Empire against the Armenia’s was genocide," said Tsongas. "Other countries have acknowledged dark chapters in their past and it is time for Turkey to do the same. The Armenia’s and the descendants of those who were victimized deserve justice." The ANC MV also provided materials to the representative as well as encouraged her to take a leadership role during the 111th Congress on important Armenian issues.

"We are grateful to have Congresswoman Tsongas serving the 5th Congressional district of Massachusetts. Several Armenian Americans reside in the district and our community looks forward to working with her in the upcoming Congress."

Rep. Tsongas earned her bachelors degree from Smith College and she has a law degree from Boston University. While in college, she spent a summer in Washington, D.C. where she met her future husband, former Fifth District Congressman, U.S. Senator, and democratic presidential candidate, the late Paul Tsongas. The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

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