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 Friday, June 18 2021 12:01
Marianna Mkrtchyan

ANCA calls on State Department to recall of U.S. Ambassador to  Armenia Lynne Tracy

ANCA calls on State Department to recall of U.S. Ambassador to  Armenia Lynne Tracy

ArmInfo. Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Chairman Raffi Hamparian has escalated calls for the recall of U.S. Ambassador to Armenia Lynne Tracy,  underscoring to Congressional, community, and coalition partners the  need for accountability for the system-wide failure of America's top  diplomat in Yerevan. The press service of the Organization reports.  

In December of last year, the ANCA gave Ambassador Lynne Tracy an "F"  rating based upon her poor performance across fifteen different  metrics. In the months since this grade was given, Ambassador Tracy  has failed in new areas, among them the lack of meaningful U.S. aid  to Artsakh refugees, meddling in Armenia's electoral landscape,  playing favorites among Armenian political forces, further  complicating Armenia's security and regional relationships, and  failing to meaningfully address Azerbaijan's illegal detention,  abuse, and murder of Armenian prisoners of war.  

"As I shared last year, the ANCA wants every American Ambassador to  Armenia to be successful - for the United States, for Armenia, and  for the century-long bond between these two nations," said ANCA  Chairman Raffi Hamparian. "The record shows, however, that Ambassador Tracy's tenure at our U.S. Embassy in Yerevan has been marked by one  profound failure after another, each worse than the last, adding upto a  system-wide collapse of our diplomatic mission." 

Ambassador Tracy has failed to champion U.S. humanitarian aid for  Artsakh families - even as other vulnerable global populations in  Burma, Ethiopia, Yemen, and elsewhere have received hundreds of  millions in emergency assistance. She has failed to fight for the  release of Armenian prisoners of war, failed to speak out against the  desecration of Armenian churches and holy sites, failed to confront  Azerbaijan's use of U.S. military aid - our American tax dollars - to  kill and cripple Armenians, and failed to protect the U.S.- Armenia  trade relationship against unfair attacks.    The ANCA reiterates its December, 2020 call on the Department of  State to recall Ambassador Tracy, and urges the Biden Administration  to reset the U.S.-Armenia relationship on solid footing by nominating  a new Ambassador to the U.S. Embassy - Yerevan who will support  Artsakh's survival, Armenia's sovereignty, the security of the  Armenian homeland, and the strength of the U.S.-Armenia partnership.    The ANCA Report Card on Ambassador Tracy (below) has been revised  from the original document issued late last year. In the category  titled "Humanitarian aid for victims of Azerbaijani aggression,"  Ambassador Tracy's grade has been modified from a "D" to an "F" as   she has overseen a total and sustained failure of the U.S. Agency  for International Development to properly respond to the humanitarian  needs of tens of thousands of refugees who were forced from their  indigenous homeland in Artsakh.


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