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    Armenian Assembly of America
    July 30,2009
    Contact: Michael A. Zachariades
    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: (202) 393-3434


    82 Members of Congress Send Letter to President Obama

    Washington, DC - Earlier today, under the leadership of the
    Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues Co-Chairs, Representatives
    Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), along with Congressmen
    Adam Schiff (D-CA) and George Radanovich (R-CA), a bipartisan group of
    legislators sent a letter to President Barack Obama highlighting
    Turkey's failure to live up to its commitments regarding normalizing
    of relations with Armenia without preconditions, reported the Armenian
    Assembly of America (Assembly).

    The letter read in part "We write to you [Mr. President] with our
    concerns about Turkish backpedaling on the agreed upon roadmap to
    normalize relations between Turkey and Armenia." Recalling stated
    U.S. policy "that normalization should take place without
    preconditions and within a reasonable timeframe," the letter pointed
    out Armenia's constructive approach and raised concerns about Turkey's
    counterproductive actions: "While the Government of Armenia remains
    committed to this roadmap and has long offered to establish ties with
    Turkey without preconditions, Turkey's public statements and actions
    since April 24th stand in sharp contrast to this agreement and
    undermine U.S. policy that normalization take place without

    Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny commended this bipartisan
    initiative stating that "Armenia has repeatedly offered to normalize
    relations with Turkey without preconditions only to be rebuffed by
    Turkey. We also support the position espoused by the Members that the
    Administration should separate the issues of normalization and
    Genocide affirmation. U.S. affirmation of the Armenian Genocide should
    not be held hostage to normalization of relations."

    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
    501(c) (3) tax-exempt membership organization.



    Editor's Note:

    Letter Signatories - Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Mark Steven Kirk
    (R-IL), Adam Schiff (D-CA), George Radanovich (R-CA), Gary Ackerman
    (D-NY), Joe Baca (D-CA), Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Shelley Berkley
    (D-NV), Howard Berman (D-CA), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Bruce Braley,
    (D-IA), John Campbell, (R-CA), Lois Capps (D-CA), Michael Capuano
    (D-MA), Dennis Cardoza (D-CA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Jerry Costello
    (D-IL), Joe Courtney (D-CT), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Peter DeFazio
    (D-OR), Steve Driehaus (D-OH), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Chaka Fattah (D-PA),
    Bob Filner (D-CA), Barney Frank (D-MA), Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Scott
    Garrett (R-NJ), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Rush
    Holt (D-NJ), Michael Honda (D-CA), Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), Patrick
    Kennedy (D-RI), Dale Kildee (D-MI), Leonard Lance (R-NJ), James
    Langevin (D-RI) Barbara Lee (D-CA), Sander Levin (D-MI), Daniel
    Lipinski (D-IL), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) Daniel Lungren (R-CA). Stephen
    Lynch (D-CA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Edward Markey (D-MA), Betty
    McCollum (D-MN), Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), James McGovern (D-MA) Jerry
    McNerney (D-CA), Candice Miller (R-MI), Walt Minnick (D-ID), Grace
    Napolitano (D-CA), Richard Neal (D-CA), Devin Nunes (R-CA), John Olver
    (D-MA) Payne, Donald (D-NJ), Gary Peters (D-MI), Collin Peterson
    (D-MN), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Steven Rothman
    (D-NJ), Edward Royce (R-CA), Bobby Rush (D-IL) Paul Ryan (R-WI),
    Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), John Sarbanes (D-MD) James Sensenbrenner
    (R-WI), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Mark Souder (R-IN),
    Zack Space (D-OH), Jackie Speier (D-CA), John Tierney (D-MA), Dina
    Titus (D-NV), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Niki Tsongas (D-MA), Chris Van Hollen
    (D-MD), Tim Walz (D-MN) Henry Waxman (D-CA), Anthony Weiner (D-NY),
    Frank Wolf (R-VA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
    From: Baghdasarian