ANCA calls for Congressional investigation into State Department failures related to Armenia and Artsakh

ANCA Chairman Raffi Hamparian Calls On Senate and House Foreign Affairs Committee Leaders to Conduct Oversight over Failed U.S. Bilateral and Regional Policies

ANCA Chairman calls for Congressional investigation into US State Department failures in US-Armenia bilateral and regional diplomacy.

WASHINGTON, DC – The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is calling on key committees in the US Senate and House to exercise their Congressional oversight responsibilities over the US State Department and related agencies through investigations into system-wide failures of US policy on US-Armenia bilateral and regional relations.

“The ANCA demands full transparency, accountability and good governance from the State Department, nothing more but surely nothing less,” said ANCA chairman Raffi Hamparian. “It is clear – from the State Department’s serious, system-wide failings prior to, during and after Azerbaijan’s attack on Artsakh – that Congress needs to conduct a deep-dive investigation – shining a long overdue spotlight into this diplomatic disaster, holding those responsible to account.”

In October 7, 2021 letters to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Menendez (D-NJ), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Greg Meeks (D-NY) and key Committee members, Hamparian called for the inquiry into “multiple, fundamental and repeated failures of US bilateral relations with the Republic of Armenia and regional diplomacy prior to, during and after Azerbaijan’s attack last September against the Republic of Artsakh and its ongoing attacks and occupation of Armenia.” The called-for investigation would review the conduct of the US State Department and US Agency for International Development with regard to shortcomings in a broad array of areas outlined by Hamparian, including:

Failures to adequately prevent violations of Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act and other US laws related to US military aid to Azerbaijan.

Failures to hold US manufacturers, the Turkish government, and private sector stakeholders responsible for violations of US laws related to the discovery of US parts in Turkish drones deployed by Azerbaijan.

Failures to confront Turkey or hold its leaders accountable for recruiting foreign terrorist fighters, including jihadists from Syria, to fight with Azerbaijani forces against Artsakh.

Failures to confront Azerbaijan or to hold its leaders accountable for using cluster bombs, white phosphorous and other prohibited munitions against Artsakh.

Failures to confront Azerbaijan or to hold its leaders accountable for illegally holding, abusing, and even causing the deaths of Armenian Prisoners of War.

Failures to confront Azerbaijan or to hold its leaders accountable for invading and occupying sovereign Armenian territory.

Failures of the US co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group to adequately represent US interests in a peaceful resolution of Artsakh-related status and security issues.

Failures regarding US government foreknowledge and/or fore-warning of Azerbaijan’s attack.

Failures to provide anything approaching adequate levels of humanitarian assistance to the over 100,000 Armenians ethnically-cleansed from their indigenous Artsakh homeland.

The ANCA Chairman called specific attention to the effects of these diplomatic failures on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group efforts to negotiate a peaceful settlement of the Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) crisis. “Failings of US engagement have only invited malign actors – most notably Turkey – to violently project power into the Caucasus in a way that undermines U.S. interests and runs counter to our American values,” emphasized Hamparian.

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The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) is the largest and most influential Armenian-American grassroots organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters and supporters throughout the United States and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCA actively advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues. To learn more, visit www.anca.org.

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