LAS VEGAS–The Armenian National Committee of Nevada recently participated in a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The Senator discussed issues of importance to the community with the ANC NV and shared his concerns regarding the upcoming confirmation hearings of Ambassadorial nominee to Armenia Marie L. Yovanovitch.
"From Las Vegas to Reno, the Nevada Armenian-American community appreciates Senator Reid’s strong, active, and continued support for recognition of the Armenian Genocide," stated Sarig Armenian, ANC NV activist. "By reaching out to our community and taking the time to hear our concerns about aid to Armenia and the ambassadorial nomination process, we are confident that Senator Reid and his staff will ensure that our message from Nevada is heard in the U.S. Senate," she added.
During the exchange, Reid reaffirmed his unwavering support of recognition of the Armenian Genocide and S. Res. 106. The ANC NV also discussed recent reductions in aid to Armenia and increases in foreign aid to Azerbaijan. Furthermore, the participants noted that increases in oil revenue and the correlation of belligerent rhetoric by Azerbaijani leaders pertaining to Nagorno-Karabakh could destabilize the region and lead to conflict.
"Human rights activists throughout Nevada and the nation at large truly appreciate the efforts of Majority Leader Reid," stated ANC-WR Executive Director Andrew Kzirian. "Just as we all understand that a Holocaust denier could not effectively represent the United States as Ambassador to Israel ‘s engaging in a thorough and exhaustive examination of the upcoming Ambassadorial nominee is a worthwhile and necessary endeavor," he added.
Senator Harry Reid, the Majority Leader in the US Senate, hails from Searchlight, Nevada and holds a law degree from the George Washington University Law School. After a vibrant career as a Nevada State Assemblyman, Lieutenant Governor, Nevada Gaming Commission Chairman and Member of Congress, Reid was elected to the US Senate in 1986. Reid and his wife have five children and reside in Nevada.
ANC of Nevada advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian American community and promotes increased Armenian American civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.