WASHINGTON–Rep. James Rogan (R-27–Calif.) reaffirmed his support for the Armenian community and issues important to the Armenian people–in a special order speech Wednesday on the House Floor which called on his colleagues to uphold section 907 of the Freedom Support Act.
While condemning the Azeri government for its relentless blockade of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh–he encouraged his colleagues in the House to hold true to their standards for human rights and democracy and vote to keep Section 907 in place.
"It’s a proud day for us as Armenian-American citizens," commented Gregory Krikorian–Field Representative for Congressman Rogan.
"This is only the beginning–Section 907 is going to be one of the historic issues to challenge us as an Armenian American community. We have to stay active," he added.
Krikorian continued by adding that–"This will set the stage for H.R. 55–The Genocide Resolution–to heal the open wound of our Armenian people. Together we can make a difference."
As one of the 13 annual spending bills that find the federal–this provision has been included in the Fiscal Year 1999 bill and would rewrite existing US law by repealing Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act of 1992.
The impact of this provision could compromise the intent of years of American democracy-building efforts.
"Current law is morally justified–and sends the message that human rights and the expansion of democracy are top American priorities," said Rogan.
Rogan continued–"Section 907 allows for humanitarian aid to the people of Azerbaijan–while holding firm against oppression abroad. To date–more than $130 million in U.S. humanitarian and exchange assistance has been sent to Azerbaijan by relief organizations. Despite this blockade–Armenia is a rapidly developing region with growth fueled by innovation and the spread of democracy. They are hindered only by this blockade."
"On the eve of Azerbaijan’s presidential elections–which major opposition parties are boycotting–lifting Section 907 would reward Azerbejian and send the signal that the United States is not serious about promoting democracy–fighting corruption–and working to improve human rights across the globe," Rogan added.