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    For some im sure this is old..

    ANCA: Latest ANCA WebFax Campaigns / Update on Aid to Armenia & NKR / Recent Report on Genocide & Int'l Law
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    1) ANCA Action Items: Send free ANCA WebFaxes from www.anca.org
    ================================================== ==============

    The ANCA has launched a series of WebFax campaigns in support
    of Congressional adoption of Genocide legislation as well as
    efforts to promote a U.S. - Armenia Social Security agreement;
    stopping proposed World Bank funding of the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline;
    and, protesting George Will's recent Newsweek column praising
    Kemal Ataturk.

    To read more and add your voice to these grassroots campaigns
    advocating Armenian American interest, visit the ANCA website
    www.anca.org

    ================================================== ==============
    2) HOUSE FOREIGN AID PANEL ALLOCATES $70 MILLION FOR ARMENIA;
    $5 MILLION FOR NAGORNO KARABAGH
    ================================================== ==============

    -- Committee Cuts Bush Administration's
    Proposed 45% Reduction in Half

    WASHINGTON, DC - On July 10th, a key House Appropriations Subcommittee
    voted to allocate at least $70 million in U.S. assistance to
    Armenia for fiscal year 2004 (FY2004) and $5 million for
    humanitarian aid projects in Nagorno Karabagh, reported the
    Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA.) The proposed
    assistance level for Armenia, while $20 million more than the $49.5
    million proposed by the Bush Administration, is $20 million less
    than Congress appropriated in FY2003.

    "We remain troubled by the sharp reduction in aid to Armenia
    proposed by the Bush Administration and, while we very much
    appreciate the hard work of our friends on the foreign aid panel,
    are disappointed by the $20 million shortfall in the assistance
    approved by the House relative to last year's appropriation," said
    ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. "In the coming weeks we
    will continue to work with the House and Senate appropriators
    regarding the pressing needs in Armenia, the impact of the Turkish
    and Azerbaijani blockades, and the specific programs that will be
    cut by this proposed reduction."

    In addition to the $70 million hard earmark for Armenia, the House
    Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations also voted to
    send $2.5 million in foreign military financing and $900,000 for
    International Military Education and Training (IMET). Azerbaijan
    is slated to receive an equal amount of military assistance. The
    reduction in U.S. assistance to Armenia is part of an overall
    decrease in aid to former Soviet States, from $755 million to $576
    million.

    For the complete text of this release, visit:
    http://www.anca.org/anca/pressrel.asp?prid=342&pressregion=anca

    ================================================== ==============
    3) TURKISH BUSINESS GROUP LOBBIES AGAINST GENOCIDE RESOLUTION
    ================================================== ==============

    -- In Transparent Attempt to Disguise Genocide Denial,
    TUSIAD Claims that Armenian Genocide Recognition would
    "Shatter" Progress toward Armenian-Turkish Reconciliation

    WASHINGTON, DC - The leading Turkish business association today
    called on Members of Congress to oppose legislation rededicating
    the American people to the aims of the Genocide Convention,
    reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

    The Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (TUSIAD)
    argued that the adoption of the Genocide Resolution (S.Res.164 in
    the Senate and its H.Res.193 in the House of Representatives) would
    "deeply damage U.S.-Turkey relations." This legislation, which
    cites the Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust among the genocides
    of the 20th Century, would commemorate the 15th anniversary of U.S.
    implementation of the Genocide Convention. TUSIAD charged that the
    adoption of this measure would "hijack the term 'genocide' and
    distortedly apply it to the tragic events of 1915 that took place
    in the Ottoman Empire."

    TUSIAD closed its argument by noting that, "Such attempts would
    also shatter any hopes of developing relations between Turkey and
    Armenia. Citizens of Armenia and Armenians residing in Turkey have
    maintained harmonious relations with the people of Turkey. The
    approval of such amendments will only ignite tensions between the
    two peoples and harm their reconciliation efforts."

    "We are deeply troubled - although not surprised - by the hateful
    strain of genocide denial that runs throughout TUSIAD's statement,"
    said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. "What is new is
    TUSIAD's transparent effort - after years of venomous anti-Armenian
    attacks - to misrepresent itself as a friend of Armenians,
    couching its denial campaign in terms of promoting improved
    Armenian Turkish relations. Rather than resorting to such twisted
    and ultimately futile tactics, TUSIAD, the Turkish government and
    its diminishing circle of allies should come to terms with the fact
    that meaningful Armenian-Turkish relations can only be built upon
    full Turkish recognition and acceptance of responsibility for the
    Armenian Genocide."

    For the complete text of this release, visit:
    http://www.anca.org/anca/pressrel.asp?prID=341

    ================================================== ==============
    4) U.N. GENOCIDE CONVENTION APPLIES TO ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
    ================================================== ==============

    -- Analysis by Leading International Law Expert
    Affirms Modern Day Responsibility of the Turkish
    Government for Crime Against the Armenian Nation

    Washington, DC - International law expert and former Secretary of
    the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Dr. Alfred de Zayas,
    has published an in-depth report on the applicability of the United
    Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide to
    the Armenian Genocide, reported the Armenian National Committee of
    America (ANCA).

    In a point-by-point analysis of the landmark international treaty
    that defines genocide and outlines its ramifications under
    international law, de Zayas concluded that the U.N. Convention
    clearly applies to the Armenian Genocide.

    In a summary submitted along with his twenty page study memorandum,
    Dr. de Zayas affirmed that, "the Genocide Convention of 1948 can be
    applied retroactively, because it is declarative of pre-existing
    international law."

    He concluded by citing the "logical consequences" of applying
    the Genocide Convention to the Armenian Genocide, including "the
    return to the Armenian people and the Armenian Church of
    monasteries, churches, and other assets of historic and cultural
    significance, as well as the granting of a measure of compensation
    to the descendents of the victims of genocide. In this connection,
    the restitution and compensation schemes elaborated for the victims
    of the Holocaust provide a useful precedent."

    Dr. Alfred de Zayas is a renowned expert in international and human
    rights law. Having received his Juris Doctorate degree from
    Harvard in 1970 and Doctorate of Philosophy from Gottingen
    University (Germany) in 1977, he has gone on to teach at several
    university including DePaul University College of Law and the
    University of Gottingen. He has had a distinguished career at the
    United Nations, having served as Legal Officer with the UN Center
    for Human Rights in Geneva (1981-1993); Secretary of Complaints
    Procedures for the UN Human Rights Committee and Committee against
    Torture (1994-97); Secretary of the UN Human Rights Committee
    (1998-2000); and Senior Human Rights Officer at the Office of the
    High Commissioner for Human Rights (2000-2003.)

    For the full text of this release and to read the text of
    Dr. de Zayas' report, visit:

    http://www.anca.org/anca/pressrel.asp?prid=333&pressregion=anca
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