Congressional Armenian Caucus co-chairs call on Biden to hold Azerbaijan accountable for Artsakh war crimes at NATO summit

ANCA echoes congressional calls for return of Armenians to Artsakh during U.S. talks with Armenian and Azerbaijani officials

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WASHINGTON—The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) welcomed a joint statement by Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) calling on the Biden administration to hold Azerbaijan accountable for its ethnic cleansing of Artsakh, facilitate the return of Armenians to Artsakh and support Armenia’s sovereignty in the face of ongoing Azerbaijani aggression.

“Our community, coalition partners and congressional allies are united in holding Azerbaijan accountable for its war crimes — from Aliyev’s ethnic cleansing of Artsakh and destruction of Christian holy sites to his ongoing occupation of Armenian territory and illegal detention and abuse of Armenian prisoners,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “President Biden — having armed Azerbaijan’s genocide of Artsakh — must now lead a global campaign for the safe and sustainable return of Armenians of Artsakh — under an international mandate, protected by international peacekeepers.”

The Congressional Armenian Caucus statement, which coincides with the opening of the NATO summit in Washington, D.C., this week, calls on the Biden administration to “ensure Azerbaijan faces consequences for its actions and is not rewarded for war crimes, human rights abuses, and the ethnic cleansing of over 120,000 Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh.”

It goes on to note that “America must support Armenia’s sovereignty and reject Azerbaijan’s aggressive demands. This means stopping military aid to Azerbaijan and sanctioning officials responsible for abuses.”

It concludes, noting, “As leaders gather at the NATO Summit, the Biden Administration must ensure Azerbaijan follows international laws, including returning Armenian prisoners of war, protecting cultural heritage sites, upholding the right of Armenians to return to their homes in Nagorno-Karabakh under international guarantees. Accountability is crucial for lasting peace in the South Caucasus.”

The foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan are in Washington, D.C., during the NATO Summit and are expected to have bilateral meetings with U.S. government officials.

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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.

4 Comments

  1. The United States takes only any interest and any action, if the country in question is strategically important for the U.S., has oil and gas, or has a certain powerful lobby thanks to a large ethnoreligious voter base which influences and directs U.S. policy. If the Armenian nation converted to Judaism en masse, would that improve the prospects for Armenia? I am being sarcastic of course, but all I have listed above, is of course the cynical truth.

    • What is the relevance of oil and gas? The US has its own oil and gas. In fact it exports both. Maybe you have us confused with a different country?

  2. Whilst the USA is more sympathetic towards Armenia than in previous years it’s not an area of great importance to the USA and it’s currently got many issues of greater importance

    • Charles, you promosed westerners would help

      Charles, you promised America would turn it’s back on Turkey for Armenia

      Why did you lie Charles? Why???

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