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 Tuesday, November 19 2019 16:11
Marianna Mkrtchyan

US Congress representatives called on State Department and Pentagon  to maintain parity in provision of military assistance to Azerbaijan  and Armenia

US Congress representatives called on State Department and Pentagon  to maintain parity in provision of military assistance to Azerbaijan  and Armenia

ArmInfo. The ANCA welcomes today's letter by Congressional Armenian Caucus leaders Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and Congressman Adam Schiff calling on the U.S. Department of State and the U.S.  Department of Defense to maintain military aid parity to Azerbaijan  and Armenia.  According to an ANCA post on Facebook, in a letter,  Congress representatives particular note:

"Without question, the increase of security assistance to Azerbaijan creates an imbalance in the region and ignores a twenty-year precedent in U.S. foreign  policy. We are concerned that rewarding Armenia's autocratic neighbor  with this windfall at such a time of historic change in Armenia sends  negative signals about the importance we place on democratic values.  Returning to parity in military assistance is the only way the U.S.  will be able to retain its credibility as a regional power capable of  bringing Azerbaijan and Armenia together," noted the Armenian Caucus  leaders.

"We request the Department of State and Department of Defense provide  Armenia with training and equipment to build partner capacity that  will help secure its borders and create military parity in funding  with Azerbaijan. This funding would increase Armenia's capacity for  counter-terrorism, counter-illicit drug trafficking, and weapons of  mass destruction interdiction operations - especially on its southern  border with Iran. We also ask for robust funding of confidence  building measures on each side of the border between Azerbaijan,  Nagorno Karabakh, and Armenia - including those that would implement  the 2015 Royce- Engel Peace Proposal - to establish a clearer pathway  to peace for all parties in this conflict," continued the Caucus  leaders.

ANCA also reports that "this is the second letter Congressional  Armenian Caucus letter in as many months calling on the  Administration to maintain parity in military assistance to  Azerbaijan and Armena. In earlier responses, the State Department and  Department of Defense. The ANCA has joined with Congressional leaders  in calling on the U.S. to "zero out" military aid to Azerbaijan,  citing their ongoing attacks against Armenia and Artsakh and refusal  to support confidence building measures, including the Royce-Engel  proposals for peace."  

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