AAA: Activists Assured of Cont’d Support by Sens. Voinovich & DeWine

Armenian Assembly of America
122 C Street, NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-393-3434
Fax: 202-638-4904
Email: [email protected]
August 20, 2004
CONTACT: David Zenian
E-mail: [email protected]


Washington, D.C. – Senator George V. Voinovich (R-OH), reiterating his
support of issues of concern to the Armenian-American community, will
co-sponsor a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide, his key field
office staffer told a group of Armenian Assembly activists during a meeting
in Cleveland Friday.

“We were very encouraged by the positive news that came out of our very
successful meeting with Michael Kobylka of Voinovich’s staff in Cleveland.
We appreciate his understanding and support of our core issues that impact
the Armenian-American community and Armenians in general,” Assembly
Grassroots Director Nancy Yerian Hiteshue said after the meeting which was
also attended by Cleveland state chair Anita Kazarian and activists Hovig
Tumasyan, Dick Arslanian and Zahn Askaryan.

Also on Friday, the Armenian Assembly group visited the Cleveland district
office of Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH) to discuss issues of concern to the
Armenian-American community including military aid parity between Armenia
and Azerbaijan in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Foreign Operations bill and
legislation granting permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to Armenia.

Sen. Voinovich, who is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,
has supported restrictions on U.S. assistance to Azerbaijan until it lifts
its illegal blockades against Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh, by voting in
1999 to retain Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act.

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Sen. DeWine has supported
congressional efforts to reaffirm the Armenian Genocide and has also
repeatedly pressed for increased levels of U.S. assistance to Armenia and
Nagorno Karabakh. He has also favored restrictions on U.S. assistance to
Azerbaijan by casting one of the decisive votes in 1999 to retain Section
907 of the Freedom Support Act.

“August being the month when both the Senate and House are in recess and
legislators are back in their home states, it is a great opportunity to
involve our members and activists in the political process in support of
Armenian issues and express their concerns to the elected officials who
represent them in Washington,” she said.

The Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide
organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian
issues. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.


From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress