The Armenian National Committee (ANC) of Illinois took issues of importance to Armenians in the 10th Congressional district of Illinois to Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL-10) on Monday, September 16, 2013.
The group included ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian and ANC of Illinois chairman Claude Ohanesian.
“Rep. Schneider was very receptive to our concerns and we thank him for a terrific meeting. We hope to continue to cultivate our relationship with him as he learns more about Armenian American issues,” said Ohanesian.
Discussion centered on House Resolution 227, the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution, and the situation in Syria. ANC of Illinois expressed its concern about Armenians in the region and the safety of all Syrians.
Besides Syria, Rep. Schneider, who is on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, heard concerns of the local ANC on issues such as the return of Christian properties, foreign aid to Armenia and Illinois’ 10th district Armenian community.
ANC of Illinois also talked to the Congressman about the self-determination of Nagorno Karabakh and the 25th anniversary of Artsakh’s independence, as well as Azeri aggression in the Caucuses.
The meeting follows a busy month in August for the ANCA Eastern Region that saw many local ANCs meeting with representatives in their districts while Congress was in recess.