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Marianna Mkrtchyan

Senator Markey leads call to stop U.S. military aid to Baku

Senator Markey leads call to stop U.S. military aid to Baku

ArmInfo. Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter, cosigned by seven of his colleagues, calling on  the Pentagon and State Department to cease providing Azerbaijan with  "United States security assistance as it continues to attack Armenia  and ethnic Armenians," reported the Armenian National Committee of  America (ANCA).  

Senator Markey's initiative complements the work of Foreign Relations  Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who is leading legislative  efforts to enforce Section 907 restriction on U.S. military  assistance to the Azerbaijani government. The Markey letter states  that, "in light of Azerbaijan's recent and repeated acts of  aggression toward Armenia, the United States should cease providing  any security assistance to Azerbaijan until Armenia and Azerbaijan  reach a permanent and lasting resolution that respects the will of  the people of Nagorno-Karabakh." 

"We thank Senator Markey and his colleagues their principled stand  against recklessly shipping U.S. tax dollars to oil-rich Azerbaijan -  even as its military invades Armenia, ethnically cleanses Artsakh,  desecrates Christian holy sites, and tortures Armenian prisoners,"  said ANCA Government Affairs Director Tereza Yerimyan. "Ilham Aliyev  neither needs nor deserves a single American tax dollar." Joining  Senator Markey as signatories of the letter are Senators Cory Booker  (D-NJ), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Jackie Rosen (D-NV), Bernie Sanders  (I-VT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Ron  Wyden (D-OR) The text of the Markey letter is provided below and  available at:   http://anca.org/assets/pdf/092122_Markey_StopAzerbaijanAid.pdf 

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