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Marianna Mkrtchyan

U.S. House Set to Vote on Measure Demanding Baku Release of Armenian  POWs; requiring investigation into Azerbaijani War Crimes

U.S. House Set to Vote on Measure Demanding Baku Release of Armenian  POWs; requiring investigation into Azerbaijani War Crimes

ArmInfo.The U.S. House Rules Committee cleared the path for full House consideration of an ANCA-backed amendment led by Representatives Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Brad Sherman (D-CA)calling for Azerbaijan's  immediate release of Armenian prisoners of war and requiring an  investigation into the use of U.S. technology in drones used by  Turkey and Azerbaijan to target civilians during their 2020 attacks  against Artsakh.   The press service of the Armenian National Committee of America  informs.  The Rules Committee also voted to allow full House votes on  pro-Artsakh/Armenia amendments led by Representatives Frank Pallone  (D-NJ), David Valadao (R-CA), Dina Titus (D-NV), and Jim McGovern  (D-MA).  The amendments will be voted on during House consideration  of the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R.4350), which  may begin as early as Tuesday evening, September 21st. Pro-  Artsakh/Armenia advocates can write, call, and tweet their U.S.  Representatives to vote for the amendment by visiting anca.org/ndaa.   "We thank Chairman McGovern and his colleagues in the House  leadership and on both the Armed Services and the Rules Committees  for providing each member of the U.S. House of Representatives with  the opportunity to cast up-or- down votes on amendments demanding the  immediate release of Armenian POWs, requiring an investigation of  Azerbaijani war crimes, a report on U.S. aid to Artsakh, banning the  Grey Wolves, and other ANCA-backed amendments to the National Defense  Authorization Act," said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. "We  encourage our community activists and coalition partners - in the  hours leading up to these House floor votes - to continue weighing in  with their legislators, via calls, emails, and tweets."

At the same time, it is emphasized that the aforementioned  legislative changes are currently being discussed in the US House of  Representatives.  In conclusion, it is emphasized that the Armenian  National Committee of America continues to work to achieve full  satisfaction of their political priorities.  To note, the exact  number of Armenian prisoners of war and civilians held in Azerbaijan  after the signing of the trilateral statement of November 9, 2020 is  still not known. According to official figures, there are about  200-250 people. Meanwhile, experts tend to believe that there are  many more. The Azerbaijani authorities, in violation of their  obligations, under various pretexts, continue to keep the Armenian  prisoners of war, using it as a tool to receive political dividends.  


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