ArmInfo.I would not want to see a political connotation on the issue of the U.S. refusal to continue providing humanitarian assistance for demining in Artsakh. Presidential candidate from the " Artsakh Conservative Party ", spokesperson of the NKR President David Babayan stated this in an interview with ArmInfo correspondent.
He noted that perhaps this subtext is not, as this is a purely humanitarian action. <We are very grateful to the United States for helping Artsakh to demining the territories, as it saved hundreds, if not thousands, of lives. Now the United States has decided to stop such assistance to Artsakh, and that is their right. However, we must work to ensure that this assistance is restored, or other sources of financing are found, because there are still lot of mines in Karabakh>, Babayan emphasized.
<On the other hand, the United States intends to assist Azerbaijan to facilitate the reconciliation process. We are not against such a decision, since now the only obstacle to the settlement of the Karabakh conflict is Baku, with its xenophobic, racist state policy. Of course, we understand that it is difficult to solve this issue with one financial influence. But if this money helps in any way, then we will be very happy about it>, Babayan concluded.
It should be noted that last week 75 congressmen from 23 U.S. states sent a letter to the subcommittee on external operations of the Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives of the US Congress with a proposal to provide Armenia with $ 100 million to support the economy, ensure security and establish the rule of law. Another $ 1.5 million is proposed by the congressmen to be sent as assistance to Artsakh: demining territories and rehabilitate mine victims. Congressmen also called on the subcommittee to stop assisting Azerbaijan as a country exposing aggression to Armenia and Artsakh.