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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2004
Contact: Elizabeth S. Chouldjian
Tel: (202) 775-1918

ANCA CONGRATULATES PRESIDENT BUSH

-- Urges Administration to Pursue a More Constructive
Approach to Armenian American Issues in Second Term

"If Armenian history has taught us anything,
it is that we may not win every battle, but
the surest way to lose every one is to sit on
the sidelines." - ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian

WASHINGTON, DC - The Armenian National Committee Of America (ANCA)
today congratulated President Bush on his election victory, thanked
Senator Kerry for a hard fought election campaign, and praised the
Armenian American community for an unprecedented level of activism
in this season's electoral contests.

"Throughout the course of this highly competitive election season,
George W. Bush fought to advance his ideals, John Kerry fought for
what he believes in, and so did we - out there are the front lines
of American politics, fighting hard for the values and interests of
the Armenian American community," said ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian.
"As a result of our unprecedented electoral involvement, we have
emerged from this contest having earned the respect of both
parties, and of political insiders across the spectrum, as a
vibrant, extremely well organized, and highly motivated electoral
constituency at the presidential election level."

Commenting on the outcome of the election, Hachikian noted that,
"While, of course, having endorsed Senator Kerry, we would have
liked to see a different outcome, we understand that for our
community the fundamental truth for Armenian Americans remains that
the key to this election - like all elections - is to understand
that our future rests in our hands. Sometimes the candidates we
support will win, other times they won't. But we - the ANCA - will
always be out there - on the front lines, working with all sides to
advance our issues across the American political landscape." He
closed by noting that, "If Armenian history has taught us anything,
it is that - we may not win every battle, but the sure way to lose
every one is to sit on the sidelines."