Blinken: Biden administration will consult with Congress on April 24th statement

Pledges US Leadership in Facilitating Return of Prisoners of War

In response to questions by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken noted that the Biden administration will be consulting with Congress on their April 24th Statement.

WASHINGTON, DC – President Biden’s nominee to serve as Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, confirmed that the incoming administration will consult with Congress on the wording of its April 24th statement, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

In response to a written question from Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) during his confirmation hearing, Blinken noted that: “As a presidential candidate, President Biden pledged in his Remembrance Day statement to support a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide,” adding: “The administration will determine the wording for the White House statement to mark Remembrance Day once in office and will consult with Congress on this important issue.” The US House and Senate nearly unanimously passed Armenian Genocide Resolutions in 2019.

Senator Markey also asked about what steps the administration plans to take “to ensure the immediate return of POWs being held by Azerbaijan.” Blinken stressed, in response, that “the United States should be leading a diplomatic effort to find a lasting resolution to the conflict, working together with our European partners, including facilitating the return of prisoners of war.”

“We join with Armenian Americans and our pro-Armenian allies from across Massachusetts and around the country in thanking Senator Markey for his leadership in calling out and confronting the continuity of official Turkish and Azerbaijani genocidal intent and actions against the Armenian people,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “In the wake of Baku’s war crimes against Artsakh – armed and incited by Ankara – it is more urgent than ever for the United States to signal both Turkey and Azerbaijan that the US will no longer turn a blind eye to their genocidal drive to destroy the Armenian nation.”

The full text of Senator Markey’s questions and Secretary of State-designate Blinken’s responses are provided below.

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Sen. Markey: Will you formally recognize the crimes committed against the Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire as Genocide?

Blinken: As a presidential candidate, President Biden pledged in his Remembrance Day statement to support a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide. Our administration will be committed to prioritizing human rights and ensuring such a tragedy is not repeated. The administration will determine the wording for the White House statement to mark Remembrance Day once in office and will consult with Congress on this important issue.

Sen. Markey: In the aftermath of the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia last year, what steps will the administration take to ensure the immediate return of POWs being held by Azerbaijan?

Blinken: As the President has said, the United States should be leading a diplomatic effort to find a lasting resolution to the conflict, working together with our European partners, including facilitating the return of prisoners of war. If confirmed, I will reinvigorate US engagement to find a permanent settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that protects the security of Nagorno-Karabakh and helps to ensure another war does not break out. This includes stepping up our engagement via the Minsk Group, of which the United States is a co-chair, and additional diplomatic work to prevent any further interference by third parties.

Sen. Markey: Will the administration restrict funding to Azerbaijan, fully enforcing Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act, as President-elect Joe Biden urged the Trump administration to do?

Blinken: In light of the recent outbreak of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Biden-Harris administration will review our security assistance to Azerbaijan. If the circumstances warrant, we will be prepared to suspend waivers of requirements under section 907 of the Freedom Support Act. If confirmed, I look forward to working with Congress and the Secretary of Defense to determine the appropriate level of assistance to meet the security needs of Armenia and the region.

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2 Comments

  1. Biden’s April 24th, Armenian Genocide statement prediction: OBAMA 2.0. “Genocide” is a legal term allowing law suits for crimes committed. the USA courts would have to uphold those suits. Therefore this will NEVER happen. Even after 106 years.

    Ask yourselves why the USA, Israel and Great Britain do not recognize the Armenian genocide? Great Britain is complicit, till this day with purposeful orchestrated historical recreation to help hide British Zionist banking investment and planning for easier oil trade routes without Armenians in the way; the very reason for the Armenian genocide. No big surprise that right before the recent Turkish and Azeri invasion of Artsakh , Turkey once again professed that “Armenia was a danger to oil transit routes”. Some would argue that Armenian genocide loot is still in Zionist British banks. No one ever did an accounting of EXACTLY where the Armenian money went? Israel is the kin of those bankers. They will never betray them with reality of their major crimes. The constant excuse of ‘insulting Turks’ is a facade. And the USA, of course, is the Israeli lackey doing its work without question.

    KNOW YOUR ENEMIES!

  2. About time to recognize the genocide of the Armenians, Greeks and other Christian people in the Ottoman Empire.Americans in that time help the Armenians to build orphanages to protect them from the atrocities from Turkey.Thank you President Biden to help the Armenian not to be attack again. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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