Rep. Schiff Seeking Response from White House and DoS to Ara Manoogi

Press Release
Shahan Natalie Family Foundation
3727 West Magnolia Blvd., Suite 215
Burbank, California 91505

Contact: Ara K. Manoogian
Tel: (818) 934-9343
E-mail: [email protected]

Adam Schiff Seeking Response from White House and State Department to
Ara K. Manoogian’s Open Letter to U.S. President Obama

Burbank, CA ` On March 21, 2013, Ara K. Manoogian, a human rights
activist, visited U.S. Congressional Representative Adam Schiff’s
office in Burbank, CA, to inquire whether there was any response from
the Congressman to his open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama (or
watch the video), dated March 12, 2013. Ann M. Peifer, District Director
in Schiff’s Burbank field office, informed Manoogian that `he is
aware of the letter’. However, she added that she did not have a
conclusive answer that she could give to the press.

On March 22, 2013, a day after the visit to Congressional Representative
Schiff’s Burbank office, Ara Manoogian received a phone call from the
Congressman’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Timothy Bergreen, the
Congressman’s Chief of Staff at the U.S. House of Representatives,
informed Manoogian that he had called the White House at the
Congressman’s request and asked them for a response to Manoogian’s
open letter to President Obama. `He [Adam Schiff] has also asked to
send it to the State Department, and so we are going to send it to our
contacts there and try to get it to the Secretary’s hands and to get
you a written response from both of them,’ he said. Bergreen added
that it may take weeks before a response can be expected.

Manoogian had begun his hunger strike on March 17, 2013, as a sign of
disapproval for U.S. President Obama’s premature congratulatory note
to the incumbent, Serzh Sargsyan, regarding the latter’s re-election
in Armenia’s presidential election. He is holding his hunger strike in
he Adam Schiff’s Burbank field office at 245 East Olive
Avenue, Burbank, CA 91502. Manoogian further alludes to overwhelming
evidence that the election on February 18, 2013, was rigged in favor of
said incumbent. U.S.-born Raffi Hovannisian, who, per the Central
Electoral Committee, is the presidential runner-up, has been holding a
hunger strike in Yerevan, Armenia, since March 10, 2013, challenging the
skewed official results and demanding that Serzh Sargsyan step down.

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“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS