Armenian Assembly to Hold Community Briefing Featuring Rep. Ed Royce

LOS ANGELES, CA – On June 29, the Armenian
Assembly of America (Assembly) Western Region will host a community briefing in
the evening with House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Representative Ed
Royce (R-CA). The Assembly will be holding the briefing with Chairman Royce at
St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church in Costa Mesa, California at 7:30 PM. This
event is open to the public and free of charge. Guests are encouraged to RSVP
by June 27 via an Eventbrite link at: aaabriefing.eventbrite.com.

“The
Armenian Assembly is grateful to Chairman Royce for his long-standing
leadership in the House in defense of Armenia and Artsakh, and for his
readiness to address fundamental issues of concern to the Armenian American
community,” stated Assembly Western Region Director Mihran Toumajan. “This
forum will be the first of many Assembly events in California to keep our
members and friends updated on the burgeoning U.S.-Armenia relationship, as
well as American foreign policy priorities in the south Caucasus region.”

Chairman
Royce oversees policy on Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and the South ­Caucasus
region. During the community briefing, he will be discussing issues of priority
concern to the Armenian American community, including Azerbaijan’s recent
attacks against Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia, United States foreign assistance
towards Syrian-Armenian refugees living in Armenia, the Fiscal Year 2017 aid
package, and anti-Armenian sentiment and actions taking place in Turkey today.

As former
Co-Chair (2011-2012) and member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues,
Chairman Royce has been a consistent supporter of Armenian American concerns.
Most recently, he issued a statement in support of the German Bundestag’s
Armenian Genocide Resolution, where he stated: “Germany’s vote to recognize the
Armenian Genocide is a major event.
Acknowledging this dark moment in history is a victory for human
rights.  The annihilation of millions of
Armenians was genocide.  Period.  And the 1.5 million innocent men, women, and
children whose lives were taken deserve recognition.”

Chairman
Royce has also been a vocal supporter of peace in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. In
October 2015, Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) spearheaded
a letter signed by 85 Members of Congress addressed to Ambassador James
Warlick, U.S. Co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group. The letter urged Ambassador
Warlick to “publicly condemn specific acts of aggression along the line of
contact. In the letter, Royce and Engel called for (1) an agreement from all
sides not to deploy snipers along the line of contact; (2) the placement of
OSCE-monitored, advanced gunfire-locator systems and sound-ranging equipment to
determine the source of attacks along the line of contact; and (3) the deployment
of additional OSCE observers along the line of contact to better monitor
cease-fire violations.

Guests
attending the Assembly’s community briefing will also have an opportunity to
pose questions to Chairman Royce on a range of issues related to Armenia and
Nagorno-Karabakh.

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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