ANCA presses top U.S. diplomats on Azerbaijani attacks on Karabakh

Senior representatives of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) consulted at the State Department with Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, head of the Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, to discuss urgent Armenian American calls for U.S. leadership in response to Azerbaijan’s major offensive targeting civilians and soldiers in Nagorno Karabakh.
“We have, since April 2nd, actively engaged with senior Administration officials and leading legislators to press for a principled American response to Azerbaijan’s reckless attack against Artsakh,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian.  “We will, in the hours and days to come, continue to make sure that the Armenian American voice is heard – and respected – in the halls of power here in our nation’s capital.”
Among the high priority issues shared by the ANCA – which was represented by Executive Director Aram Hamparian, Government Affairs Director Kate Nahapetian, and Legislative Affairs Director Raffi Karakashian – were the following:
— Vice President Biden’s and Secretary Kerry’s meetings with in Washington, DC with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev represented a missed opportunity to press for peace (such as ending Baku’s obstruction of the Royce-Engel proposals) that, ultimately – through official U.S. silence on his regional aggression and domestic repression – served to embolden Aliyev, effectively serving as a green-light for him to continue and escalate his aggression.
— The Administration knows very well (via Aliyev’s own words, the facts on the ground, his rejection of monitoring measures, and our own considerable U.S. intelligence capabilities) that Azerbaijan is initiating acts of aggression, yet persistently and counter-productively refuses to call Aliyev to account for reckless and fatal attacks that cause vast human suffering, destabilize the region, and raise the risk of a regional war.
— Armenian Americans, in the wake of the failure of the U.S. and the international community to challenge Aliyev’s latest assault, will – parallel to pro-peace initiative such as the Royce-Engel proposals – increasingly focus on global recognition of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh as a viable path toward peace.
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