ANCA chairman urges Biden administration to reset US policy on Armenia and Artsakh
WASHINGTON DC- The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) calls on the Biden administration to condemn Azerbaijan’s aggression, end all US military aid to Baku, and apply sanctions against Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and others senior officials of his regime as part of a global reset of the United States. policy vis-à-vis Armenia, Artsakh and the wider Caucasus region.
“If nothing is done, Azerbaijan and our NATO ‘ally’ Turkey will continue to deploy the full force of their combined military capabilities to complete the Armenian Genocide, the planned and systematic destruction of the first nation Christian world – a proud country of only three million people. struggling to survive on the frontier of global freedom,” ANCA Chairman Raffi Hamparian said in a Dec. 14 letter to President Biden, shared with the Senate and House Committees on Foreign Relations, armed services and credits.
Hamparian’s White House correspondence says the first step in a U.S.-Caucasus policy reset is ending the “patently false narrative” on both sides “of the administration by clearly and consistently calling for the Azerbaijan as the belligerent who launched the September 2020 attack on Artsakh.” Hamparian went on to note key criteria for a policy reset on Armenia and Artsakh, including:
— the removal of the waiver of Section 907 restrictions on US aid to Azerbaijan
— providing $100 million in direct assistance to help the more than 100,000 Artsakh Armenians ethnically cleansed by Azerbaijan
— imposing global Magnitsky sanctions on Azerbaijani leaders for war crimes committed during the 2020 attacks in Artsakh and Armenia
— condemning the illegal detention by Azerbaijan of Armenian prisoners of war
— conduct an investigation into Turkey’s hiring of Syrian mercenaries and the use of illegal ammunition against civilians in Artsakh and Armenia.
— Denunciation of Turkey’s material military support for Azerbaijan’s ethnic cleansing of Artsakh and ongoing Azerbaijani aggression against Armenia
— Actively oppose Turkey’s attempts to force Armenia to “normalize” bilateral relations at the expense of independence for Artsakh or justice for the Armenian Genocide.