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 Senator Menendez Presses State Department on Its Actions Regarding Lachin Blockade, Assembly Submits Testimony

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“Is it so important to us that we cozy up to someone who is in the process of creating ethnic cleansing? Is that the side of history the US wants to stand on?” concluded Senator Menendez.

Conveying the extent of bipartisan concern over the humanitarian crisis, Ranking Member Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) stated in his opening remarks that “tensions are rising again between Armenia and Azerbaijan” and that “ending this conflict would bring peace to a fractured region.”

“The US, along with our European allies, have an important role to play in the future of the Caucasus. Our action in response to the crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh will be key to broader US policy towards the region.”

The Honorable Yuri Kim, Acting Assistant Secretary of European and Eurasian Affairs in the United States Department of State

In her opening statement, Assistant Secretary Kim said that the State Department shares Senator Menendez’s “sense of urgency.”

“We are deeply concerned by the continued closure of the Lachin Corridor and the impacts this closure is having on the people of Nagorno-Karabakh,” said Kim. She emphasized that the State Department views the “status quo as completely unacceptable” and that they will “not stop working until we have a resolution.”

“We have consistently said that that Corridor must be open to commercial, humanitarian, and private traffic,” she continued. “We have conveyed that message both publicly and privately to all levels of government in Azerbaijan on numerous occasions. Access to food, medicine, baby formula, and energy should never be held hostage.”

Kim stated that there should be no more delays and that it’s “essential for these supplies which have been ready to move in weeks to finally be delivered to the people of Nagorno-Karabakh now.”

She continued that the State Department is encouraging “all sides to work constructively” as the “only path forward is through dialogue.” Kim added: “We believe peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan would have cascading benefits for the region.”

Assistant Secretary Kim also said that “we have made clear that the rights and security of ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh must be protected. This is an essential element of any durable and dignified peace agreement.”

Concluding her statement, Kim said that the US will not support any effort or action to “ethnically cleanse or commit other atrocities against the Armenian people of Nagorno-Karabakh,” reiterating that the “current humanitarian situation is not acceptable.”

Senator Menendez asked Kim if she shared his and the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) assessment that the blockade presents a real and imminent risk to the health and life of Armenians, to which she agreed and again stated that the State Department shares his sense of urgency.

He then countered by asking what the State Department is doing to avert Azerbaijan’s military escalation, to which Kim responded that the US will not tolerate an attack on the people of Nagorno-Karabakh. Senator Menendez pointed out that Azerbaijan is not abiding by the 2020 ceasefire agreement and that “we are just asking them to live up to their agreements.” By not doing so, Senator Menendez observed that the US has “only emboldened Aliyev.”

Senator Pete Ricketts (R-NE) observed that Armenia prioritized its relationship with Russia militarily and economically “mainly because it’s the only game in town for security in Nagorno-Karabakh.”

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) said he agreed with Senator Menendez that the “humanity crisis is horrible” and each day that the US waits, “more people are dying.”

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)

“The US needs to take decisive action,” he stated. “When you routinely give waivers under Section 907, you’re saying that Azerbaijan has demonstrated steps to cease all blockades and uses of force against Armenia and that’s just not the case, so we lose credibility when that happens when we aren’t prepared to take decisive steps based on our values.” He asked Kim why the waiver continues to be exercised since it sends the wrong message.

Assistant Secretary Kim responded that President Biden and Secretary Blinken have “made clear that human rights and values are at the center of our foreign policy.” She stated that “none of the assistance” the State Department provides is used for “offensive action against Armenia and it’s in the national security interest.” Kim said that the State Department continues to carefully review Section 907.

Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Senator Chris Murphy said that “gentle diplomacy” does not seem to be effective when dealing with President Aliyev. He concluded that while distancing itself from Russia, the US is “turning from dependence on one dictatorship to a different dictatorship and the question now becomes are we funding Azerbaijan’s efforts to impose a brutal blockade on the Armenian people.”

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)

Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) also raised concerns about Section 907 and asked Kim if US assistance was having a positive impact on the negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and the region as a whole. Kim responded that the Statement Department is going “through those issues very thoroughly.”

“I hope you don’t exercise the waiver because I don’t think the conditions on the ground merit it,” noted Senator Van Hollen.

Senator Menendez wrapped up the hearing by elaborating on the US’s values and principles. The Assembly’s testimony was also included for the record.

“If there is a country in the world that stands for human rights it’s the US,” he said. “Speaking of it [human rights] is meaningless. It’s a hollow promise without action.”

Earlier this week Senator Menendez delivered a speech on the Senate Floor where he said that the US “can’t look away at a systematic attempt to eradicate and erase an entire people from the face of the Earth…We must stop [Aliyev] from starving these Armenians to death.”

In the Assembly’s testimony, Executive Director Bryan Ardouny noted the hearing’s “critical timing” as the Armenian people are “now confronted with genocide and ethnic cleansing from their ancestral lands for the second time in little over a century.”

The testimony referenced the ICJ’s ruling to open the Lachin Corridor as Azerbaijan continues to “starve the Armenian people living in Nagorno-Karabakh, going so far as to deny even access to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as well as the governments of Armenia and France, all of which have tried to deliver humanitarian supplies via the Lachin Corridor to the people of Artsakh.”

The Assembly reiterated its call for USAID to deliver aid directly to Stepanakert and urged “the Administration to use the considerable tools at its disposal not only to end the humanitarian crisis, but also help stop a genocide,” and can start by enforcing, and not waiving Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act.

“History has shown that appeasing dictators only serves to embolden them. President Biden has repeatedly said in his State of the Union addresses that the United States must stand in defense of democracies in the face of autocrats who want nothing more than to see democracy fail. The US has taken a strong stand in support of democracy in Ukraine and should do so for Artsakh and Armenia.”

“The Assembly’s position is clear,” concluded Ardouny in the Assembly’s testimony. “Stand up for democracy and human rights, oppose genocide and end the blockade of Artsakh.”

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The vicious war against the Armenian Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) and Armenia by Azerbaijan, Turkey, and thousands of their jihadist terrorists has passed the one month mark. The jihadis’ presence, which includes ISIS, is consistent with the debauched political cultures and national ambitions of Azerbaijan and Turkey.  It also tells us…
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Azerbaijan is convinced that promoting tolerance and non-discrimination is one of the essential elements in ensuring the protection of the rights of people and building sustainable societies, the country’s foreign minister said at the 54th session of the UN Human Rights Council.Minister Jeyhun Bayramov noted that Azerbaijan is concerned about the growing…
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What You Need To Know:  The ongoing Azerbaijani blockade of food, fuel, and medical supplies from reaching the Armenian statelet of Artsakh, also known as Nagorno-Karabakh, and home to around 120,000 people has today triggered the creation of a new anarchist group – Anarchist Artsakh.  The blockade dates back to Soviet-era territorial claims both…
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What and whom Armenia serves is still opaque. The pseudo-independent state, which once had ninety percent of its border territory under the control of Russia, today is gradually breaking away from the influence of Russia and trying to hand over its territories to the West. We would not be wrong if we say that 2020 is the year when Azerbaijan…
posted 1d ago via azernews.az
 

15:44, 7 September 2023 YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 7, ARMENPRESS. The Azerbaijani media have reported the release of the three Nagorno-Karabakh students who were kidnapped by Azeri border guards while traveling to Armenia through Lachin Corridor in late August.  The three men were kidnapped and subsequently jailed on August 28. Azeri authorities had announced…
posted 1d ago via armenpress.am
 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Azerbaijan reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing collaboration in multiple areas, including trade, energy, and the economy. Caretaker Minister for Planning, Muhammad Sami Saeed, met with Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Khazar Farhadov, to discuss the positive trajectory of their bilateral relations. Both sides…
posted 1d ago via tribune.com.pk
 

Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on Monday reviewed his visit to Georgia last week by saying the bloc wanted to “see Georgia succeeding on its European path”. In an article over the visit, the bloc’s top diplomat noted “there is no doubt for the European Union that Georgia belongs…
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