The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) launched a national campaign today rallying Armenian Americans and allies to secure Congressional signatures on a bipartisan Armenian Caucus letter encouraging the new Biden-Harris Administration to support Artsakh and Armenia.
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“Take action today, calling on your U.S. Representative to join this bipartisan appeal for strong and sustained American support for Artsakh and Armenia,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “Then spread the word to friends and family – co-workers, classmates, and coalition partners.”
The letter, addressed to the Secretaries of State and Defense, underscores the severity of the crisis caused by unprovoked Azerbaijani and Turkish aggression, and raises a series of regional U.S. policy priorities:
— U.S. emergency assistance that provides the people of Artsakh with the ability to reconstruct their communities and rebuild their lives without fear of further bloodshed.
— U.S. re-engagement in the search for an enduring regional settlement – based on the fundamental right of self-determination – that protects the security of Artsakh and helps to ensure another war does not break out.
— U.S. recognition of the right to self-determination for the people of Artsakh and their role as a legitimate negotiating party in resolving this conflict.
— U.S. leadership in securing the immediate release of Armenian prisoners
— U.S. accountability, including sanctions against high-ranking Azerbaijani and Turkish leaders, the withholding of U.S. aid to Baku, and ending the waiver of Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act.
— U.S. support for Armenia’s economic development and assistance to Armenians displaced by Azerbaijani aggression
— U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide by President Biden
In a letter to their House colleagues, Congressional Armenian Caucus leaders Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Jackie Speier (D-CA), David Valadao (R-CA) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) stress, “This letter urges the Biden Administration to take critical steps to strengthen our strategic relationship with Armenia and provide economic assistance to support its democracy and assist them in caring for these displaced people.”