Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the following statement on the 22nd anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Armenia:
"I am so pleased to join with the vibrant Armenian community that I represent and proudly say "Oorakh Angakhootyan Or,' as we recognize the 22nd anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Armenia.
"The road to independence has not been easy, but time has proven that Armenians are survivors in the truest sense of the word--survivors of foreign domination and survivors of the first genocide of the 20th century. Armenian-Americans continue to illustrate what a valuable asset they are to our society, breaking new ground socially, economically and politically across the nation, and enriching our customs, traditions and quality of life.
"Over the years, I have been privileged to work hand in hand with many individuals in the Armenian community on a wide variety of issues that concern the Armenian community, such as securing aid for Armenia and Artsakh, supporting self-determination for the people of Artsakh, and ending the U.S. government's tragic failure to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
"As a friend to the Armenian community, I am honored to join you in commemorating this important day and anniversary. Congratulations to the people of Armenia, to Armenians in America, and to all Armenians around the world."