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ANCA - Sample Questions for 2016 Presidential Candidates

Whatever your leanings – Democrat, Republican, Independent or other – help make Armenian American issues part of the 2016 presidential election conversation.

ARMENIAN GENOCIDE:

As President, will you direct the U.S. government to officially condemn and annually commemorate the Armenian Genocide?
As President, will it be the policy of your Administration to end any and all forms of U.S. complicity in Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide?
As President, will your Administration work toward a truthful and just international resolution of this crime against humanity?
As President, what types of steps will you take to end Turkey’s denials and bring about a truthful and just international resolution of the Armenian Genocide?
As President, will you support Congressional legislation and other initiatives in support of a truthful and just international resolution of the Armenian Genocide?
As President, will you encourage Turkey to return stolen/confiscated Christian churches and religious properties, and to respect the rights and religious freedoms of surviving Christians communities?
As President, will you base any efforts by your Administration to improve Armenian-Turkish relations upon Turkey’s open acceptance of its moral and material responsibilities for a truthful and just resolution of the Armenian Genocide?

U.S.-ARMENIA RELATIONS:

As President, will you prioritize trade and investment promotion initiatives, trade missions, and other programs to expand mutually-beneficial bilateral commercial relations?
As President, will you support the negotiation of a U.S.-Armenia Double Tax Treaty?
As President, would you be open to the negotiation of a U.S.-Armenia Free Trade Agreement?
As President, will you support targeted U.S. economic aid to strengthen U.S.-Armenia commercial relations?
As President, will you prioritize an U.S. Presidential trip to Armenia, including an official visit to the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan?
As President, will you prioritize inviting the President of Armenia to the U.S. on an official state visit?

NAGORNO KARABAKH:

As President, will you recognize the independence of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic?
As President, will you support the Nagorno Karabakh Republic’s full return to the OSCE peace process?
As President, will you support continued U.S. humanitarian and developmental aid to Nagorno Karabakh?
As President, will you ensure that all aid intended by Congress for Nagorno Karabakh is actually allocated?
As President, will you lift outdated and obsolete restrictions limiting contacts and communications between officials of the U.S. and Nagorno Karabakh governments?
As President, will you take a strong, public stand against Azerbaijan’s threats to shoot down civilian airplanes operating out of the Stepanakert airport.

REGIONAL PEACE:

As President, how will you pressure Azerbaijan to end its anti-Armenian acts of aggression, threats of war, and escalation of regional tensions?
As President, will your Administration forthrightly condemn and publicly challenge Azerbaijan’s threats and acts of anti-Armenian aggression?
As President, will you exercise your right to waive Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act, despite Azerbaijan’s failure to abide by the terms set by Congress for this waiver?
As President, will you propose appropriating or otherwise allocating U.S. military aid to Azerbaijan while the Azerbaijani government is undertaking threats and acts of war, and refusing to commit to a purely peaceful resolution of regional conflicts?
As President, will you linking U.S. arms sales to Turkey to its blockade of Armenia, occupation of Cyprus, mistreatment of Kurds, restrictions on Christians, and its domestic human rights record?
As President, how will you work to secure Azerbaijan’s support for the implementation of the Royce-Engel peace proposals (namely an agreement on the non-deployment of snipers, the addition of observers, and the deployment of gunfire locator systems along the line of contact)?
As President, will you publicly call upon Azerbaijan to re-incarcerate admitted and still unrepentant axe-murdered Ramil Safarov?
As President, will you call upon NATO to direct Turkey to stop its arms sales to Azerbaijan, for as long as Azerbaijan is undertaking anti-Armenian threats and acts of war, and refusing to commit to a purely peaceful resolution of regional conflicts?
As President, how will you pressure Turkey to end its illegal blockade of Armenia?

JAVAKHK:

As President, how will you help protect the Armenians of Javakhk and other regions of Georgia from official and non-official acts of repression, discrimination, and intimidation?
As President, how will you help support the economic development, cultural identity and local autonomy of the Armenian region of Javakhk within a pluralist, democratic, multi-ethnic Georgia?

MIDDLE EAST CHRISTIANS:

As President, will you direct your Administration to close gaps in the delivery of humanitarian aid to at-risk Armenians and other Syrian and Middle East Christians?
As President, will you budget robust funding to help Armenia settle refugees fleeing genocidal violence and persecution in Syria and the Middle East?

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ANCA / Armweeklynews.am [21.05.2016]
ANCA - Sample Questions for 2016 Presidential Candidates
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