By Contributor // July 31, 2013

On Sun., July 14, members of the Armenian National Committee (ANC) of
Rhode Island held a breakfast meeting with Congressman David Cicilline
(D-District 1) in North Providence as part of their "Elected Officials
Summer Outreach Program," which aims to discuss issues of concern
to the community with members of Rhode Island's general officers and
federal delegation.

Congressman Cicilline is a member of the House Foreign Relations
Committee. His long, unparalleled record of support began when he
served in the Rhode Island State Legislature, and continued in his post
of mayor of Providence and then in Congress, where he has championed
the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the independence of
Artsakh on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Congressman Cicilline was one of the lead sponsors of a recent House
Resolution calling on the Turkish government to return Christian
church properties to their rightful owners.

On the occasion of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's
visit to Washington on May 16, Cicilline issued the following the
following statement: "Two million Armenian men, women, and children
living under the jurisdiction of the Ottoman Empire were systematically
slaughtered or forced to leave their homeland. There is no doubt that
this heinous, organized assault on the Armenian people constituted
the first genocide of the 20th century. And yet, even today, nearly
a hundred years later, the Turkish government continues to ignore
the preponderance of evidence and deny a historical reality."

The Congressman's Washington staff includes Lisa Sarkisian-Tatarian,
who serves as a link to the Armenian community in his district.

The ANC-RI representatives at the breakfast meeting were Chairperson
Ani Haroian, who served on then-Mayor Cicilline's senior staff as
director of community relations, and was also on his campaign staff;
Steve Mesrobian, who currently serves on both the ANC Eastern Region
Board as well as the ANCA National Board; and Steve Elmasian, who
served on the staff of former Rhode Island Secretary of State James
Langevin, the current Congressman for Rhode Island District 2, and who
is now on staff with Rhode Island Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis.

The meeting afforded the ANC-RI delegation an opportunity to thank
Congressman Cicilline for his steadfast support, and allowed both
sides to pledge to continue to work together in the future.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress