26.11.2008 16:18

Representatives Zack Space (D-OH) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) will serve
as the Masters of Ceremonies for the Banquet to be held during the
2009 National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC, March 1-3,
the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) reported.

During his first term in office, Rep. Space clearly demonstrated his
support for issues of importance to the Armenian-American community. He
is a member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, a cosponsor
of H. Res. 106, the Genocide affirmation bill, and a cosponsor of
H. Res. 102, condemning the assassination of Hrant Dink.

"As both a member of the Armenian Caucus and as a Greek-American,
I am honored by the Assembly's decision to offer me the opportunity
to participate in the National Advocacy Conference in Washington,"
said Space.

"In the 111th Congress I will continue to, as I have in the past,
support the issues that are important to the Armenian-American
community and my constituency."

Rep. Ryan has signed every Armenian Genocide Resolution since
he was elected to Congress in 1998. In the 110th Congress, he
was an early cosponsor of both H. Res. 106 and H. Res. 102. He
has also worked toward the economic development of Armenia by
supporting the establishment of Permanent Normal Trade Relations with
Armenia. Additionally, he has cosigned numerous letters to President
Bush urging him to reaffirm the Armenian Genocide during his April
24th address..

"As a long time supporter of Armenian issues, I am honored to serve as
one of the Masters of Ceremonies for the Armenian Assembly's Advocacy
Conference Banquet," said Ryan, "I look forward to continuing to
work with the Assembly on these important human rights issues in the
111th Congress."

Samuel Avakian, Assembly Activist and constituent of Rep. Ryan stated:
"Rep. Ryan always responds to the needs of the Armenian community
when called upon; I'm sure he'll be a great master of ceremonies at
the Armenian Assembly's 2009 National Conference & Banquet."

"We are pleased to have Representatives Space and Ryan as the Masters
of Ceremonies for our Advocacy Conference," stated Bryan Ardouny,
Executive Director of the Assembly. "This is a clear demonstration of
the bipartisan nature of the issues which concern the Armenian-American
community, including Genocide affirmation, a strong U.S.-Armenia
relationship and support for the people of Nagorno Karabakh."