23.11.2011 13:49

Since taking office four years ago, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas has
pledged her unwavering support to Armenia. She's not about to stop now.

"As a member of the Armenian Congressional Caucus, I look forward
to continue promoting the mutual interest of our two countries and
celebrate our rich history together," she said at a meeting with
representatives of the Armenian National Committee of Merrimack Valley.

"I will continue working to see that the mass murders by the Ottoman
Empire against the Armenians are appropriately recognized as genocide
in Congress," Tsongas said.

Tsongas agreed to sign House Resolution 306, calling for the return of
confiscated church properties. In doing so, she joins 39 co-sponsors,
including the chairs of the Armenian, Hellenic, and Human Rights

The bill urges the Republic of Turkey to safeguard the area's Christian
heritage and join the United States in preserving the rights of
national, religious, and ethnic groups worldwide.

Tsongas had earlier affixed her name to the genocide resolution,
H.Res.304, which drew 84 co-sponsors, and is currently studying a
third resolution, H.J.Res.83, seeking to stop an arms sale to Turkey.

Throughout her brief tenure in Congress, Tsongas has supported U.S.
investments that have helped spur Armenia's economic growth and advance
the development of Armenia's democratic institutions while also helping
the people of Armenia survive, despite Turkish and Azeri blockades.

"It is critical that the United States demonstrate appropriate
diplomacy to improve relations between Armenia and Turkey," she
confirmed. "I'm hopeful that with American leadership, normalization
may soon take place. Armenians have made Merrimack Valley a more
enriched ethnic community."