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With the approach of key primaries in California, Michigan, Massachusetts and other states with active Armenian American electorates, we wanted to invite you to share your track record and policy priorities on issues of special concern to American citizens of Armenian heritage and the growing number of friends of Armenia across our great nation.
In the interest of ensuring that Americans of Armenian heritage going to the polls as fully informed voters, we request your answers to questions about justice for the Armenian Genocide, security for Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh), the growth of the U.S.-Armenia partnership, and the welfare of Armenian and other at-risk populations across the Middle East.
Official answers from your campaign to these questions, along with any other campaign statements you would like to share, will help ensure that Armenian American voters are able to make informed choices at the ballot box, both during the primaries and the general election.
Thank you for your attention to our request. We look forward to learning of your responses to the questions provided below.
A Just Resolution of the Armenian Genocide:
As President, will you direct the U.S. government to officially condemn and annually commemorate the Armenian Genocide?
As President, will it be the policy of your Administration to end any and all forms of U.S. complicity in Turkey's denial of the Armenian Genocide?
As President, will your Administration work toward a just and truthful international resolution of the Armenian Genocide?
As President, what steps will you take to end Turkey's denials and bring about a truthful and just international resolution of the Armenian Genocide?
As President, will you support Congressional legislation and other initiatives in support of a truthful and just international resolution of the Armenian Genocide?
As President, will you encourage Turkey to return stolen/confiscated Christian churches and religious properties, and to respect the rights and religious freedoms of persecuted Christian communities?
As President, will you base your Administration's efforts to improve Armenian-Turkish relations on Turkey's open acceptance of its moral and material responsibilities for a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide?
The Growth of the U.S.-Armenia Strategic Partnership:
As President, will you prioritize trade and investment promotion initiatives, trade missions, and other programs to expand mutually-beneficial commercial relations?
As President, will you support the negotiation of a U.S.-Armenia Double Tax Treaty?
As President, would you negotiate a U.S.-Armenia Free Trade Agreement?
As President, would you negotiate a U.S.-Armenia Social Security Agreement?
As President, will you support targeted U.S. economic aid to strengthen U.S.-Armenia commercial relations?
As President, will you prioritize a Presidential trip to Armenia, including an official visit to the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan?
As President, will you prioritize inviting the Prime Minister and/or President of Armenia to the U.S. on an official state visit?
Peace and Freedom for Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh):
As President, will you recognize the independence of the Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) Republic?
As President, will you support the Artsakh Republic's full return to the OSCE peace process?
As President, will you support continued U.S. humanitarian and developmental aid to Artsakh?
As President, will you lift outdated and obsolete restrictions limiting contacts and communications between officials of the U.S. and Artsakh governments?
As President, will you take a strong, public stand against Azerbaijan's threats to shoot down civilian airplanes operating out of the Stepanakert airport?
Support for Regional Peace:
As President, how will you pressure Azerbaijan to end its acts of anti-Armenian aggression, threats of war, and escalation of regional tensions?
As President, will your Administration forthrightly condemn and publicly challenge Azerbaijan's threats and acts of anti-Armenian aggression?
As President, will you refuse to waive Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act unless Azerbaijan ceases its aggression against Armenia and Artsakh?
As President, will you refrain from supporting appropriations or otherwise allocating U.S. military aid to Azerbaijan as long as the Azerbaijani government is undertaking threats and acts of war against Artsakh and Armenia?
As President, will you tie U.S. arms sales to Turkey to its blockade of Armenia, occupation of Cyprus, mistreatment of Kurds, restrictions on Christians, and its deplorable human rights record?
As President, how will you work to secure Azerbaijan's support for the implementation of the Royce-Engel peace proposals (namely an agreement on the non-deployment of snipers, the addition of observers, and the deployment of gunfire locator systems along the line of contact)?
As President, will you publicly call upon Azerbaijan to re-incarcerate convicted and still unrepentant ax-murderer Ramil Safarov?
As President, will you call upon NATO to direct Turkey to stop its arms sales/transfers to Azerbaijan, for as long as Azerbaijan is undertaking anti-Armenian threats and acts of war, and refusing to commit to a purely peaceful resolution of regional conflicts?
As President, how will you pressure Turkey to end its illegal blockade of Armenia?
A Bright Future for Javakhk:
As President, how will you help support and sustain the Armenian population in Javakhk and other Armenian populated regions of Georgia?
As President, how will you help support the economic development, cultural identity and local autonomy of the Armenian region of Javakhk within a pluralist, democratic, multi-ethnic Georgia?
Security and Stability for Middle East Christians:
As President, how will you ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid to at-risk Armenians and other and at-risk Middle East minorities?
As President, will you budget robust funding to help Armenia settle refugees fleeing genocidal violence and persecution in the Middle East?
Engagement with Armenian Americans:
As President, will you meet with Armenian American community leaders and ensure that your Administration engages regularly and constructively with the Armenian National Committee of America?
As President, will you consider qualified Americans of Armenian heritage for appointed positions within your Administration?
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