WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues and member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, released a statement Thursday condemning Azerbaijan’s armed forces for attacking a Karabakh defense outpost last week.
“I condemn the unprovoked attacks by Azerbaijan’s armed forces on NKR troops and deeply regret the loss of life that occurred,” Kirk said.
Four Armenian soldiers were killed in the late night assault on June 18, described as the worst outbreak of fighting on the border in more than two years.
“I am concerned that such destabilizing actions by the Azeri side, combined with Azerbaijan’s military build-up and provocative statements by Azerbaijan’s leadership, gravely undermine the OSCE-led Minsk Process,” he added.
Kirk described the incident as “irresponsible behavior” that “reiterates the need to restrict U.S. military funding for Azerbaijan, and for the Administration to consult with Congress before exercising the waiver authority granted under Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act.”