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Alexandr Avanesov

22 senators from 16 US states join demand for resuming funding for  mine clearance program in Karabakh

22 senators from 16 US states join demand for resuming funding for  mine clearance program in Karabakh

ArmInfo. Another 22 senators from 16 US states representing the interests of the US Congress of 143 ml of Americans joined the demand of 89 senators to resume  funding for the mine clearance program in Karabakh. It is reported by  the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

According to ANCA, a Senate letter signed on behalf of Robert  Menendez urges USAID Mark Green to change his position and continue  to fund mine clearance programs in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).   Speaking to the Foreign Affairs Committee on July 9, Mark Green said  that USAID had pledged to complete the clearing of landmines and  unexploded ordnance from the borders of Cahorn Karabakh.  "This type  of humanitarian aid is aimed at supporting the victims of the  Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, it has long been recognized as important,  and I I believe that it is imperative to continue supporting mine  clearance efforts in the region. As we clearly indicated in our  letter, any changes in USAID's obligations to complete the program  for clearing land from mines and unexploded ordnance that save lives  in Nagorno- Karabakh will be widely opposed in Congress, "said  Senator Menendez.

"The powerful response of the senators to the administration's rash  attempt to reduce US assistance to Artsakh demonstrates the  widespread support given to this vital humanitarian program," said  ANCA Executive Director Aram Ambaryan, who thanked Senator Menendez  for his principled position, and all senators representing 143  million Americans who advocated these investments in the world.

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