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 Tuesday, September 27 2022 21:10
Alina Hovhannisyan

Adam Schiff: The United States must take strong and meaningful action  against Azerbaijan.

Adam Schiff: The United States must take strong and meaningful action  against Azerbaijan.

ArmInfo.The United States must take strong and meaningful action against Azerbaijan. U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff wrote about this on his Facebook page.

The Congressman stated, in part:

"On September 27, 2020, over the course of six weeks, Azerbaijan and  Turkey brutally attacked the people of Artsakh - murdering scores of  innocent civilians, displacing tens of thousands more, and creating a  mass humanitarian disaster that has devastated countless Armenian  families abroad and here in the United States. The war was  perpetrated by a bloodthirsty dictator in Baku who chose to answer  domestic discontent by making war against a peaceful neighbor.  Today  we mark two years since Aliyev launched his assault - but tragically,  his war did not end after that 44-day invasion. Despite an  internationally-brokered ceasefire agreement, Azerbaijan's aggression  against the people of Artsakh and Armenia has continued, more than  100 Armenian soldiers remain illegally detained and subject to  horrific torture, and thousands of families live in fear of the next  attack. And Azerbaijan's violence again escalated earlier this month,  when Azeri forces shelled homes in the villages of Karmir Shuka and  Taghavard in Artsakh, and launched an unprovoked assault on sovereign  Armenian territory.

These latest attacks are proof that Azerbaijan will continue to  terrorize the people of Artsakh and Armenia until their aims are  achieved. Aliyev has nothing but contempt for the international  community's efforts to bring stability to the Caucasus, and he must  be stopped. He has been emboldened by the international community's  language of false equivalence in the face of these premediated  attacks on the Armenian people. Until there are real consequences,  Aliyev will continue to expand his war, and more innocent lives will  be lost.

The United States must take strong and meaningful action against  Azerbaijan. We must permanently cease all assistance to the Aliyev  regime, demand the release of all political prisoners, explore  sanctions, and seek the prosecution of war crimes, and of crimes  against humanity. My colleagues and I will continue to urgently  pursue legislation in Congress that achieves those aims, and we will  not rest until the United States takes action.  My heart breaks for  the people of Artsakh and Armenia and my Armenian American  constituents whose families and loved ones have been lost, displaced,  and terrorized since the beginning of Azerbaijan's war. Today and  every day, I will continue to urge action against the Baku regime,  until the Armenian people know the peace and freedom they have been  deprived of for far too long."

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