FRESNO–The Armenian National Committee (ANC) of Central California has named Congressman Frank Pallone–of New Jersey–as "Man of the Year." The Congressman will be honored at a banquet on April 11–1999 at 1 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church Social Hall–which is located at 2226 Ventura St. in Fresno.
Pallone founded and serves as co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian issues. Through this bipartisan Congressional Member Organization–which has 70 members–Pallone has worked to educate members of Congress and their staff about a wide range of diplomatic–security and economic issues.
In his capacity as Co-Chairman of the Armenian Issues Caucus–Pallone has worked to mobilize support–under the foreign legislation–for humanitarian and development assistance for the Republics of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh–as well as bilateral and multilateral lending institutions assisting economic development. Despite shrinking foreign assistance budgets–Pallone and a bipartisan coalition of pro-Armenia Members of the House and Senate have worked to maintain Armenia’s distinction as a major recipient (on a per-capita basis) of US support.
Pallone has fought to maintain Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act–adopted in 1992–which prohibits direct aid to the government of Azerbaijan until that country lifts its blockade of Armenia.
He has consistently worked to establish US recognition of Nagorno Karabakh as a distinct entity. During his three visits to the region–Pallone has been the only Member of the US Congress to address the Parliament of Nagorno Karabakh at Stepanakert.
Pallone has been an outspoken proponent for international recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Since 1995–Pallone has organized the annual Genocide Commemoration in the House of Representatives on or around April 24. He has supported legislative initiatives to have the Genocide officially recognized by both US and Turkey.
The banquet committee members are–Berj Apkarian–Silva Harapeti–Paul Jamushian–Anne Kevorkian–Serpouhie Messerlian–Hygo Ohannessian–Steve Samuelian and Viken Yepremian.
For tickets and more information on the banquet–please call the ANC office at (559) 486-1918