More than 100 members of the United States Congress have called on President Joe Biden’s administration to take concrete steps to ensure Artsakh’s survival and the security of Armenia, according to the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
The letter to the U.S. Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense underscores the severity of the regional crisis caused by relentless aggression by Azerbaijan and Turkey for six weeks, and suggests that the United States take urgent action, such as resuming the search for a strong regional agreement based on the fundamental right to self-determination, which will protect the security of Artsakh and help prevent the outbreak of a new war.
It also proposes to recognize the right of the Artsakh people to self-determination and their role in resolving the conflict as a legitimate party to the negotiations, and to take steps to ensure the immediate release of the Armenian prisoners.
“The United States must take responsibility, including imposing sanctions on high-ranking officials in Azerbaijan and Turkey, failure to assist Baku, etc., assistance to Armenia’s economic development, and assistance to Armenians displaced by the aggression from Azerbaijan »says the letter.
Congressmen also suggest that President Biden acknowledge the Armenian genocide. Previously, 54 members of the United States Senate made a similar letter.
The Turkish lobby quickly and actively opposed these efforts. In a meeting with the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Ali Assad, the President of the Turkish Parliament, Mustafa Sentop, recalled that, in response to a letter from 54 members of the United States Senate calling for sanctions against Turkey for supporting the aggression of Azerbaijan against Artsakh, 87 Turkish MPs, members of the Turkey-US Inter-Parliamentary group, issued a statement that read: “The baseless and irresponsible accusations against Turkey contained in the senators’ letter, are contrary to the strategic partnership of Ankara and Washington and the spirit of the alliance within NATO“Said the statement.
“US senators are becoming the mouthpiece of Gülen’s terrorist propaganda, which attacks the sincerity of claims by the US side that Washington is unrelated to the events of the attempted coup in Turkey«the statement said.
Turkey and Azerbaijan together are trying to counter the tide against the United States, which is becoming evident. Joe Biden has yet to speak to Erdogan, and at the State Department and NATO level, Turkey has serious demands.
As for Armenia, the new administration of the The United States gave only first signs. On February 8, Armenia’s foreign minister, Ara aivazyan, had a telephone conversation with the acting US undersecretary of state for Europe and Eurasia, Philip Riker.
The interlocutors exchanged points of view on issues related to the bilateral agenda, emphasizing the role of the Armenia-United States Strategic Dialogue Platform in advancing and deepening the cooperation agenda.
In the context of the measures taken to address the consequences of the Turkish-Azerbaijani aggression against Artsakh, the key issues of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace settlement were emphasized under the co-chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group, as reflected clearly in the statement made by the senior representatives of the co-presiding countries on 3 December last.
It is a beginning.