Armenian Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny Responds to Biased Article

 – Last week, Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) Executive
 Director Bryan Ardouny responded to
 a biased article posted
 in The Hill earlier
 this month. 

Ardouny wrote: “Christina Gathman’s ‘Armenia’s Russia
 problem’ in The Hill’s Congress Blog published on Dec. 13, 2016 goes to some length to catalogue the
 extent of Russian investments in Armenia and raises the question whether the
 degree of economic cooperation between the two countries affects its foreign
 relations. Without pointing out any valid evidence that this situation has in
 any shape or form influenced Armenia’s relations with the United States, Gathman wants to draw conclusions by implication alone.”

“Rather than exacerbate and conflate the issues, the
 focus should be on what we can do as Americans to help Armenia realize its
 full potential, and like many other countries within the former Soviet Union,
 free itself from the vestiges of the past,” he concluded.

 here to read Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny’s full response.

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.

Armenian Assembly Commends U.S. Funding to Support Armenian Election Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. On Monday, the United States pledged to fund concrete measures designed to improve confidence in the election process and help prevent fraud in next year’s Armenian parliamentary elections. The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) strongly encouraged the U.S. government to support this initiative considering its importance to strengthening the democratic process in Armenia.

U.S. funding will support agreements signed by the Armenian government and three leading opposition parties on voting conduct for the April 2017 elections.  Funds will go toward equipment required for live online broadcasts of voting and ballot counting, as well as electronic verification of voters’ identity, and other amendments to Armenia’s Electoral Code. The United States joins the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Germany in providing financial support towards the new voting processes and equipment for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

“Both the government and the opposition deserve credit for working out the agreement which sets Armenia apart,” stated Armenian Assembly Co-Chairs Anthony Barsamian and Van Krikorian. “The need for national unity was dramatically reemphasized after the April war initiated by Azerbaijan and the ongoing ceasefire violations attempting to goad Armenia to respond,” the Assembly Co-Chairs continued.  "We commend the U.S. and the EU for providing financial assistance to support this initiative to further the rule of law in Armenia. We are nonpartisan in both the American and Armenian contexts but this type of support to improve confidence in the democratic process serves us all,“ they concluded.

According to the statement by the United States Embassy in Armenia: "The U.S. Government welcomes the agreement that was reached in June and September between the Armenian government and parliamentary political factions – with input from civil society representatives – on strengthening the integrity and credibility of the Armenian election process. We consider this agreement a meaningful step towards restoring public trust and accountability in Armenia’s electoral processes.”

“With our fellow international donors, all of whom are working in partnership with the United Nations Mission to Armenia, the U.S. Embassy will help fund the efforts of the Armenian government, political opposition, and civil society to strengthen trust in the Armenian electoral process via same-day voter authentication and the publication of signed voter lists after the elections, all as agreed in the June and September agreements,” stated the U.S. Embassy in Armenia.

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.