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 Wednesday, June 16 2021 11:48
Marianna Mkrtchyan

ANCA continues to insist on increasing Artsakh aid and blocking  U.S. assistance to Azerbaijan

ANCA continues to insist on increasing Artsakh aid and blocking  U.S. assistance to Azerbaijan

ArmInfo. Increasing Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) aid and blocking U.S. assistance to Azerbaijan are key components of the Armenian National Committee of America's (ANCA) testimony,  submitted to the U.S. House panel drafting the Fiscal  Year 2022 foreign aid bill. The press service of ANCA reports.  

The request for Artsakh aid was part of a broader $350 million  targeted assistance package to both Armenia and Artsakh, recovering  from the aftermath of the Fall, 2020, attacks by Azerbaijan and  Turkey, which left over 5,000 Armenians dead and displaced over  100,000 civilians.  

ANCA Government Affairs Director Tereza Yerimyan shared with  appropriators the increased need for aid to Artsakh and provided  thorough background information regarding the recent attacks. In the  testimony, she stated, "

Artsakh and Armenia are in need of strong bilateral relations with  the U.S. and a robust aid program to rehabilitate and recover from  the devastating impact of the attack by Azerbaijan and Turkey and the  COVID-19 pandemic." 

Of the $350 million total assistance requested, $250 million should  be directed to Artsakh, and $100 million to Armenia.  

Yerimyan went on to encourage Congress to uphold the restrictions on  the Azerbaijani government put in place by Section 907 of the FREEDOM  Act, and to stop all aid that would add to the offensive capabilities  of the Government of Azerbaijan.  

The ANCA is also requesting that Congress instruct international  financial institutions to "vote against any extension by the  respective institution of any loan or grant to the Government of  Azerbaijan, except to meet basic human needs or to promote  democracy." 

Yerimyan closed her testimony to the House's Appropriations  Subcommittee on State- Foreign Operations emphasizing "the necessity  for the U.S. to assist in Armenia and Artsakh's economic and  humanitarian efforts and to immediately stop all military assistance  to Azerbaijan." 

The full text of the ANCA's submitted testimony is provided below and  available at:   https://anca.org/assets/pdf/FY2022_House_ANCATestimony.pdf Similar  testimony will be submitted for Senate consideration in the upcoming  weeks.  

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