“Stop all security assistance to Azerbaijan”

Washington DC – Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), chair of the Senate Overseas Relations Committee, citing Azerbaijan’s newest assaults on Armenia, known as on the Biden administration to “cease all safety help to Azerbaijan and assessment all help applications for the nation,” the American Armenian Nationwide Fee (ANCA) reported.

“We wish to thank President Menendez for his principled, robust and protracted management in chopping off all US navy help to Azerbaijan – an pressing endeavor made much more pressing by Aliyev’s bombing and the invasion and occupation of sovereign Armenian territory,” the ANCA stated. Member Ani Tchaghlasian, who hails from the Backyard State. “Working alongside Senator Menendez, we’re dedicated to pursuing all authorized and all different avenues obtainable to us to stem the circulate of US tax {dollars} into the aggressive, violent, anti-Armenian oil-rich Azerbaijan regime.”

In a strongly worded September 22 letter to Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, President Menendez asserted, “The US should play no position in supporting authoritarian brutality,” and pledged to work with colleagues within the Senate and Home of Representatives to repeal the presidential waiver authority in Part 907 (frequent legislation). 107-115) Restrictions on US help to Azerbaijan.

President Menendez emphasised that his Authorities Accountability Workplace (GAO) assessment, detailing US help to Azerbaijan, confirmed that the State Division, “failed to fulfill statutory reporting necessities to Congress on the affect of US help through the interval into consideration. Whereas Whereas the State Division has agreed with GAO on its suggestions to make sure that the required necessities for the waiver summons are met, it has not but submitted motion plans to GAO on how you can tackle this concern.”

He went on to emphasize that “the administration mustn’t underestimate the dimensions of the Azerbaijani offensive in an try to look impartial. President Biden stated in his 2022 State of the Union tackle, “…when tyrants do not pay the value for his or her aggression, they trigger extra chaos.” The US has an vital alternative to face by the Armenian folks as they attempt to fend off a tyrannical assault.”

Earlier this week, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) joined seven colleagues within the Senate in sending a letter to the State Division and Division of Protection arguing that “in gentle of Azerbaijan’s current and repeated acts of aggression towards Armenia, The US ought to cease offering any safety help to Azerbaijan till Armenia and Azerbaijan attain a everlasting and lasting resolution that respects the desire of the folks of Nagorno-Karabakh.”

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September 22 2022

The Honorable Anthony J. Blinken
Minister of Overseas Affairs
US Division of State
2201 C Road NW
Washington DC 20520

Expensive Minister Blinken,

I’m writing to precise my deep concern concerning the resurgence of Azerbaijani assaults on Armenian territory, together with on civilian infrastructure. These unprovoked and illegal assaults on communities comparable to Kaban, Koris, Jermuk, Vardeniz and Chakaten, which reportedly resulted within the killing of greater than 100 Armenians, serve to verify the brutality of the Aliyev regime. In gentle of the renewed Azerbaijani aggression, I urge you to cease all safety help to Azerbaijan and assessment all help applications for the nation.

This heinous assault on the Armenian lands is just the newest instance of Azerbaijani brutality. The Azerbaijani aggression through the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict of 2020, resulted within the deaths of 6,500 folks and the displacement of practically 100,000 Armenians. In its 2021 Nation Experiences on Human Rights Practices, the Ministry of Overseas Affairs highlighted the illegal detention of Armenian troopers and civilians in Baku, and credible experiences of illegal killings and torture by the hands of Azerbaijani forces. Aliyev’s military has reportedly used unlawful cluster munitions and phosphorous bombs, and has posted movies of beheadings on-line. The apparent aggression of Azerbaijan can’t be tolerated.

The US ought to play no position in supporting authoritarian brutality. That’s the reason I’ll proceed to pursue efforts in Congress to revoke the waiver energy beneath the Overseas Operations Appropriations, Export Finance and Associated Applications Act of 2002 (Public Regulation 107–115) that the administration has used yearly to offer sure forms of safety help to the Aliyev regime. Nevertheless, even beneath present legislation, there may be a lot that the State Division must do with a purpose to assess the affect of US help on the navy steadiness between Armenia and Azerbaijan. I commissioned the Authorities Accountability Workplace to assessment U.S. help to Azerbaijan and located that the State Division failed to fulfill statutory reporting necessities to Congress relating to the affect of U.S. help through the interval into consideration. Whereas the State Division has agreed with the GAO on its suggestions to make sure that the required necessities for the waiver summons are met, it has not but submitted motion plans to the GAO on how you can tackle this concern.

As we witness to the current Azerbaijani assault, the administration mustn’t underestimate the Azerbaijani assault in an try to look impartial. President Biden stated in his 2022 State of the Union tackle, “…when tyrants do not pay the value for his or her aggression, they trigger extra chaos.” The US has an vital alternative to face with the Armenian folks as they attempt to fend off an authoritarian assault.

sincerely,

Robert Menendez
president

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