WASHINGTON, APRIL 3. ARMINFO. Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry thanked Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Chairman Ken Hachikian and other leaders and supporters of the ANCA, who participated as sponsors in a major Beverly Hills campaign fundraiser that brought an estimated $3 million dollars into the Kerry campaign.
Senator, who noted his long-time support for Armenian American issues and his close relationship with the Massachusetts Armenian community. He recalled the 1990 bipartisan Senate battle to adopt the Armenian Genocide resolution, led by Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, noting his commitment to the passage of that and subsequent legislation recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
The Massachusetts Senator has been a vocal and effective champion of stronger U.S.-Armenia relations and has consistently backed legislative initiative to increase aid and expand trade with Armenia.
Senator Kerry has spearheaded a number of initiatives to lift the Turkish and Azerbaijani blockades. In 1991, he was the lead sponsor of legislation, which was later enacted as Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act that restricted U.S. aid to the government of Azerbaijan until it lifted its blockades of Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh. He also worked for the adoption of the Humanitarian Aid Corridor Act, which called for U.S. aid to Turkey to be cut off unless Turkey lifted its blockade of Armenia. As recently as this January, Senator Kerry formally called on President Bush to press the visiting Prime Minister of Turkey to lift his nation’s illegal blockade of Armenia.