Washington briefing: ANCA denounces “pressure” on Armenia regarding Karabakh
Published: Monday July 20, 2009
Washington - In a sign of further disappointment with the Obama administration's policy on Armenian issues, the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) has expressed "profound disappointment" over what it termed "undue and unreasonable pressure being applied in a heavy-handed manner upon Armenia" by the United States, along with France and Russia, "to force unilateral and dangerous concessions by Armenians regarding the Nagorno Karabagh conflict."
The July 14 letter by ANCA chairperson Kenneth Hachikian was the second such communication by the ANCA within two months. On May 18, Mr. Hachikian charged Barack Obama with a "grave offense" against Armenian-Americans over his failure to fulfill pre-election promises to recognize the Armenian Genocide and maintain U.S. support for Armenia.
This week's letter was in reference to a joint statement by the presidents of France, Russia, and the United States, issued on July 10, which called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to agree to "basic principles" of a settlement, on terms that have been met with widespread criticism in Armenia.