WASHINGTON–DC–The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) urged US Senators Friday to demand a full and open explanation of the highly controversial firing of the current US Ambassador to Armenia–John Evans–before the Senate moves to confirm a new envoy to Yerevan.
In June 9 letters–ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian encouraged Senators to vigorously investigate the reasons behind the Administration’s decision to recall the Ambassador more than a year prior to the end of his normal term of office.
The Washington Post–the Los Angeles Times–the Fresno Bee have reported that the State Department’s actions against Ambassador Evans were due to his commen’s–made during February 2005 speeches to Armenian American audiences–accurately and openly describing the Armenian genocide as a clear instance of genocide. Despite more than 60 Members of Congress having called for an official explanation of the Administration’s policies and actions on this matter–over the past four months the White House and State Department have yet to offer any meaningful explanation about the dismissal of this highly-regarded–35 year veteran of the Foreign Service.
Hachikian stressed–in his letters–that–"The US Senate cannot–in good conscience–approve the nomination of a new ambassador to Armenia until the circumstances of the current envoy’s highly controversial firing are fully–officially–and openly explained to Congress and the American people. More broadly–the Administration needs to honestly explain its policies and actions concerning the Armenian genocide. This is especially true given that serious questions remain unanswered concerning the role that a foreign nation–the Turkish Government–played in Ambassador Evans’ firing."
The ANCA letter closed with Hachikian urging Senators to delay the final approval of the incoming ambassador until the Administration clearly and openly explains its policies and actions in connection to the firing of Ambassador Evans.
Hachikian’s letters to the 18 members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee addressed their special oversight during the panel’s upcoming confirmation hearing for the President’s nominees to serve as the next Ambassador to Armenia.