WASHINGTON–In the wake of renewed threats this week against Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan’s President and Tuesday’s military attack by the Azerbaijani military against defensive positions in the Mardakert region in northern Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian National Committee alerted members of Congress and the broader Washington foreign policy community to the growing danger that Azerbaijan represents to US interests in maintaining peace and stability in the Caucasus region.
According to Reuters news agency, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, known for his inflammatory anti-Armenian rhetoric, stated Wednesday that, "we have been buying military machinery, airplanes and ammunition to be ready to liberate the occupied territories and we are ready to do this."
These statemen’s were accompanied by renewed attacks by the Azerbaijani army in the area of Levonarkh in Mardakert, leading to as many as eight deaths.
The Nagorno-Karabakh Foreign Ministry has asked that the "OSCE launch a comprehensive investigation of the incident, give an official political evaluation of the Azeri authorities’ actions, as well as conduct an immediate crisis-monitoring in the incident zone, in order to prevent similar violations in future."
In letters circulated yesterday afternoon to Congressional offices, the ANCA called on Senators and Representatives to voice their support for Nagorno-Karabakh’s democratic progress and development, to hold Azerbaijan accountable for its belligerent rhetoric and aggressive actions, and to promote peace by expanding the level of dialogue between the US and Nagorno-Karabakh.