US Congressman calls for $50 million aid to Artsakh
Friday, 07 May, 2021, 12:24
Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) – the most senior member on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee – has called on House appropriators to allocate at least $50 million for food security, housing, medical aid, infrastructure, and other pressing needs in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) – citing the vast death and destruction caused by Azerbaijan’s Turkey-backed attack last year, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
In a letter addressed to the leaders of the House Appropriations subcommittee that writes the foreign aid bill, Rep. Smith noted that, ''In September 2020, Azeri forces, supported by Turkey, embarked on a devastating war of conquest in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region that caused thousands of casualties, rendered thousands more homeless, and destroyed vital infrastructure,'' underscoring the need for ''not less than $50 million shall be made available for humanitarian assistance in Artsakh to support food security, housing, medical assistance, and vital infrastructure.''
Congressman Smith also forcefully condemned ''credible reports that the Republic of Turkey funded mercenaries recruited from the Syrian National Army to fight with the Azeri army that invaded Artsakh,'' calling on his Congressional colleagues to appropriate ''not less than $500,000 shall be made available to the Secretary of State for a report that the Secretary of State shall submit to the appropriate Congressional Committees, on the role of Turkey in the recent attack on Artsakh.''
In his letter, Rep. Smith called for the strengthening of Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support, a statutory restriction on U.S. aid to Azerbaijan, and for suspending all ''U.S. military aid, including under Section 333 Building Partner Capacity Program, to Azerbaijan until its government ceases its attacks against Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, and agrees to an equitable resolution of the conflict.''
The speakers of the European Parliament condemned the provocative actions of Azerbaijan18830.07.2021, 15:54
PACE rapporteur calls for respect for a cease-fire after recent border incidents between Armenia and Azerbaijan13230.07.2021, 14:18
Ann Linde: ''Urge sides to implement 9 Nov statement in full''20230.07.2021, 12:12
'NATO will continue to support Afghanistan'36727.07.2021, 19:54
Menendez: “The Azerbaijanis are now interfering on the territory of Armenia and they will continue to be aggressive unless they have a clear message”17221.07.2021, 12:54
Klaar on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border situation: ''European Union stands ready to assist the sides''26020.07.2021, 13:42
Rustam Bakoyan: "The Belgian parliament has recognized the Yazidi genocide"21315.07.2021, 22:36
Australia senator pledges to recognize Armenian, Greek, Assyrian Genocides16706.07.2021, 01:06