Pallone Commemorates the Anniversary of Independence for the Republic of Armenia

Sep 20, 2013 Issues: Foreign Affairs and Defense

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Co-Chair and Founder of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, made the following statement on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to commemorate the Anniversary of Independence for the Republic of Armenia:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 22nd anniversary of independence for the Republic of Armenia.  On September 21st, 1991 Armenia gained its independence from the Soviet Union and the Caucuses region saw new opportunities as well as new challenges.  I am proud to say that the Republic of Armenia has taken on those opportunities and challenges with great success and is now an important democratic ally of the United States.  Eighteen years ago, I helped found the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues and have served as a co-chair of the caucus since that time.  Together, our two countries continue to work towards developing greater economic ties including trade and investment and seek to build regional stability.  Here in Congress, the Armenia Caucus is working towards these ends.  I ask my colleagues in Congress to join me, along with the Armenian people and Armenian Americans across the country in celebrating 22 years of Armenian independence.”