Armenian Assembly Discusses Priorities for 115th Congress with Caucus Leaders

WASHINGTON,
D.C.
– As legislators were completing work for the 114th Congress, Armenian
Assembly of America (Assembly) Executive Director Bryan Ardouny was on the Hill
meeting with Members of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues this month
recapping the year and discussing priorities for the 115th Congress.

During his meeting with Armenian Caucus Co-Chair
Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ardouny discussed initiatives for the
115th Congress. He also reiterated the Assembly’s deep concerns regarding the
atrocities Azerbaijan committed during the military offensive it launched
during the April War, as further reported by Nagorno Karabakh’s Ombudsman,
Ruben Melikyan
.

According to the latest investigations, 3 out of the
31 incidences detailed in the report were citizens and not servicemen,
including a 92-year-old grandmother who was also tortured. The report also
identified 3 Nagorno Karabakh servicemen who were beheaded, noting that one was
executed by ISIS-style decapitation then publicized on social media as a
“trophy.” The Azerbaijani officer who showcased this Armenian
soldier’s head was then given a military award from Azerbaijan President Ilham
Aliyev.

In his meeting with Armenian Caucus Vice Co-Chair
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who serves as the Ranking Member of the House
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, a wide range of issues were
discussed, including expanding the Caucus as well as strengthening U.S-Armenia
relations.

“As we look ahead to 2017, U.S. leadership
remains essential in addressing the challenges before us,” Ardouny stated.
“The Armenian Caucus, with its bipartisan leadership team, will play a
pivotal role and we anticipate a very active and energized Caucus as we
continue to advance important priorities in the new Congress and Administration,”
he added.

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©(3) tax-exempt
membership organization.

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Caption 1: Armenian Assembly Executive
Director Bryan Ardouny and Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr.
(D-NJ).

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Caption 2: Armenian Assembly Executive
Director Bryan Ardouny and Armenian Caucus Vice Co-Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA).    

Pallone and Dold Applaud German Parliament for Recognizing Armenian Genocide

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today,
Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Congressman Robert Dold (R-IL),
Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, applauded the German
Bundestag, lower house of parliament, for overwhelmingly passing a resolution declaring the killings of
Armenians by the government of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 a genocide.
Last year, Pallone, Dold, and over 40 Members of Congress introduced legislation calling on the
United States government to recognize the Armenian Genocide.

“We
applaud the German parliament for acknowledging
the atrocities committed against the Armenian people for exactly what they were
– genocide. The German people have had their own internal struggle in
dealing with crimes against humanity in their history, and it is a powerful
statement that they are now honoring the countless victims of the Armenian
Genocide.”

“Now,
it is time for the U.S. government to properly
recognize historical fact and pass our bipartisan resolution to recognize the
Armenian Genocide. By recognizing these horrific crimes as genocide, we can
once again renew our commitment to prevent such atrocities from occurring again.
The United States must push Turkey to come to terms with its own history and
remove their shrouded policy of denial from covering up one of the most
horrific tragedies in world history.”