WATERTOWN, Mass.,–Congressman Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) affirmed his positions on a number of issues of concern to the Armenian American community in his responses to the ANCA Questionnaire for candidates for the U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts. Concerning the provision in the Armenia-Turkey protocols for a “historical commission,” Capuano responded: “I consider the Armenian Genocide to be settled historical fact and I oppose establishing a commission or any other entity to reexamine that fact.”
Capuano clearly expressed his support for the independence of the Republic of Mountainous Karabagh and for providing continuing U.S. humanitarian and developmental aid to the republic, noting that he has voted for such aid in the past and “will continue to support this funding moving forward.” Providing aid directly to Karabagh is a key item in the legislative agenda of the ANCA as it both assists the people of the republic and bolsters its international legitimacy.
The congressman stated: “I am in favor of continuing military parity through funding provided by the U.S. to both Armenia and Azerbaijan. I believe it is essential that we not exacerbate any potential military conflicts in the region.” He also expressed support for Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act that limits U.S. aid to Azerbaijan until it lifts its blockades of Armenia and Karabagh. While he supports using legislative and diplomatic tools to urge Turkey to end its blockade of Armenia, he did not support linking Turkey’s ability to purchase U.S. arms to ending the blockade.
“Mike Capuano’s forthright opposition to the establishment of a historical commission, which would undermine decades of genocide research, is consistent with his long record in Congress of speaking out for justice for the Armenian Genocide” said ANC of Massachusetts co-chairman Dikran Kaligian.
The ANCA Questionnaire is distributed to candidates for federal offices so that the Armenian American community can be informed of their positions on critical issues of concern before casting their votes. The Democratic and Republican primary election will be held Tues., Dec. 8 to fill the U.S. Senate seat that fell vacant with the death of Senator Ted Kennedy.