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    21:36, 11 September, 2013

    YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 11, ARMENPRESS: The Armenian National Committee
    (ANC) of Merrimack Valley took issues of importance to Armenians in
    the 3rd Congressional district of Massachusetts to the office steps
    of Niki Tsongas on Monday, September 9, 2013.

    "Armenpress" was informed from Armenian National Committee thatthe
    group included longtime ANCA activists Ara Jeknavorian, Aram
    Jeknavorian, Tom Vartabedian and Stephen Dulgarian. ANCA Eastern
    Region Executive Director Michelle Hagopian accompanied the group to
    the meeting Monday morning.

    "Tsongas has always been very attentive to our issues and our cause.

    We're glad she's trying to become an even stronger advocate for
    Armenians, and this meeting was a reminder of that," said Ara
    Jeknavorian, ANC of Merrimack Valley co-chairman.

    Much of the discussion centered on the situation in Syria and the
    ANCA's stance to oppose air strikes by the United States. The ANC
    leaders expressed their dire concern about the region and about
    Armenians living there and those who have fled. Rep. Tsongas was
    receptive and also deeply concerned about the entire situation, and
    she informed the group she would keep the local ANC abreast about
    what plays out in Congress this week.

    Rep. Tsongas, a member of the Armed Services Committee, was informed
    about Syrian rebels targeting Armenians prior to that committee's
    hearing on Syria on Tuesday, September 10.

    Besides Syria, Tsongas heard concerns of the local ANC on issues
    such as House Resolution 227 (the Armenian Genocide Truth and
    Justice Resolution), foreign aid to Armenia and Massachusetts' 3rd
    district Armenian community. She said she is always happy meeting
    with constituents as she "is only as good as the stories I hear."

    "The ANCA Eastern Region is very lucky to have such a strong voice
    for Armenians in our corner with Rep. Tsongas. She has made her
    presence known both locally and nationally, whether by attending
    April 24 commemorations or signing on to Dear Colleague letters over
    the years," stated Hagopian.

    The ANC of Merrimack Valley also brought up the dedication of a new
    Armenian Genocide monument that will be erected on public land in
    front of Lowell City Hall in April 2014. Both Jeknavorians, Dulgarian
    and Vartabedian all serve on the Merrimack Valley Armenian Genocide
    Monument Committee and encouraged Rep. Tsongas to attend the event
    next spring.