Western Diocese of Armenian Church to Host a Community Forum with Congressman Schiff

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LOS ANGELES, CA –
On April 25, 2016 at 6:00 PM, the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of
North America will host a community forum at the Taglyan Cultural Center with
special guest Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. As the evening’s keynote speaker,
Schiff will address the community on the recent acts of military aggression
perpetrated by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces. Hundreds of community leaders and
members are expected to take part in the forum.

Earlier
this month – between April 2-5, Azerbaijan’s
military committed acts of aggression committed against ethnic Armenians in
Nagorno Karabakh, including targeting civilian school children and the elderly.
The massive scale attack on the military bases of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic
as well as Armenia’s bordering villages have claimed the lives of tens of
soldiers and civilians, with hundreds more injured. The premeditated military
attacks on Nagorno Karabakh have been targeted on what is historically Armenian
land.

On April 10, 2016, through mediation of
the International Committee of the Red Cross and Personal Representative of the
OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and Azerbaijan
exchanged bodies of the fallen soldiers. The bodies of 18 servicemen
transferred by Azerbaijan had signs of torture and mutilation, which is a
flagrant manifestation of inhumanity counter to the laws and customs of war and
in violation of the international law. 

His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian,
Primate of one of the largest Armenian communities outside of the Republic of
Armenia has called out to Diocesan parishes and Armenian Americans to actively
engage with community organizations and governmental bodies to protest
Azerbaijan’s willful disruption of the Nagorno Karabakh peace process and
advocate for the cessation of military activity.

U.S. government officials have also voiced
their concerns and have released the following statements. In comments after
the attacks, Schiff stated,  “I am deeply disturbed by and condemn this
terrible new escalation in Azerbaijan’s aggression against Nagorno Karabakh in
the form of a significant military assault.”

WHO: Congressman Adam Schiff, Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North
America Members, and Community Members

WHAT: Community Forum to Discuss Military Aggression by Azerbaijan

WHEN: Monday, April 25, 2016; 6:00 pm

WHERE: Taglyan Cultural Center, 1201 N. Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038

About Armenian Assembly of America

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

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