GLENDALE–Senator Bill Frist–first term Republican Senator from Tennessee–met with Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region representatives recently to discuss issues impacting the future of the Republics of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh as well as the continued denial and distortion of the Armenian Genocide by the government of Turkey.
During the hour long meeting–Sen. Frist–a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee–asked ANC representatives for their analysis on issues affecting Armenia and Karabakh–with a particular emphasis on the impact of international oil interests on the future of the Caucasus region. ANC representatives explained that long term economic growth is based primarily upon stability in the region–which in turn–is based largely on the international community’s recognition of and respect for the rights and wishes of the Armenia’s of Karabakh.
Senator Frist and ANC representatives also discussed Turkish manipulation of American academia through the funding and establishment of "Turkish Studies" Chairs at some of America’s most influential universities–including Senator Frist’s alma maters–Princeton and Harvard. ANC representatives also revealed to the Senator that the University of California–Berkeley is currently exploring the establishment of a "Turkish Studies" Program and assured the Senator that the ANC has moved quickly to alert that university of the many risks inherent in entering into a partnership with a human rights abusive nation such as Turkey.
"We are pleased that Senator Frist took an active interest in learning more about the American community’s viewpoint on important foreign affairs issues," stated Armand Keosian–Chairman of the Board of the ANCA-WR. "The Armenian National Committee is always looking to expand the number of Congressional supporters of Armenian issues and look forward to continuing to work with Senator Frist as the Foreign Relations Committee considers issues relevant to the future of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh later this year," concluded Keosian.