Representative Adam Schiff called for an increased role for the OSCE Minsk Group in addressing the grave crisis currently plaguing Armenia as a result of Azerbaijan’s continued aggressive attacks and breach of borders.
Speaking to Voice of America over the weekend, Schiff also discussed a measure passed by the House of Representatives last week limiting U.S. military aid and assistance to Azerbaijan.
“In my opinion, we should not finance a country where human rights are violated, which threatens regional security and peace. In addition, the ceasefire violations by Azerbaijan has created a worrying situation on the border, unfortunately, there have been casualties in recent days,’’ said Schiff, adding that while the measure still had several hurdles, he expressed hope that it will pass in the Senate.
“We must fight for the final success of the bill with the existing content,’’ said Schiff.
On Saturday, Representative Katherine Clark of Massachussetts condemned Azerbaijan’s escalation of violence along its border with Armenia last week, as a result of which three Armenian soldiers were killed during attacks in the Gegharkunin Province.
“Azerbaijan’s military forces must withdraw from Armenian lands immediately and stop the violence that has already cost multiple lives. This violation of Armenia’s sovereignty is yet another dangerous and provocative action taken by Azerbaijan’s increasingly authoritarian government to undermine any path to peace and stoke further regional instability,” said Clark in a Twitter post.
“I unequivocally condemn this act of aggression and am proud to have voted for Congressman Pallone’s amendment to cut off military funding to Azerbaijan and hold this regime accountable for its destabilizing actions. Now more than ever, we must strengthen our strategic relationship with Armenia by providing economic assistance and finally recognize the people of Artsakh’s right to self-determination,” she added.