Armenian American organizations urge Obama to condemn Azerbaijani aggression

On April 8, 59 Armenian American organizations urged President Obama to "forcefully condemn Azerbaijan's aggression" and called for the U.S. to lead the way for "peace and long-term regional stability" in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

The Armenian American Community to President Obama reads:

"Dear Mr. President:

Armenian Americans from across our nation ask you, in light of the worst Azerbaijani attacks since the 1994 Nagorno Karabakh cease-fire, to forcefully condemn Azerbaijan's aggression and - in light of Baku's reckless initiation of hostilities only hours after meeting in Washington, DC with senior members of your Administration - call for principled American leadership for peace and long-term regional stability.

In view of the renewed hostilities by Azerbaijan, which undermine our nation's regional interests, and taking into consideration President Aliyev's open threats to continue and further expand aggression against Nagorno Karabakh, we express our full support for the courageous efforts of the people and governments of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh to protect their citizens and encourage the U.S. government to support the self-defense of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. We commend, as well, the formal recognition of the independence of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic by the U.S. states of California, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. President Aliyev's actions, which represent a direct challenge to U.S. leadership for a negotiated resolution and grave threat to the peace of the entire region, require a strong American response.

In the interest of peace, we call upon you to immediately stop all military aid to Azerbaijan, and enforce Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act. We also encourage you to work with Armenia and the Nagorno Karabakh Republic on the deployment of gunfire locator and other monitoring systems on the Nagorno Karabakh side of the line-of-contact and the Armenian side of the Armenia-Azerbaijan border.

Mr. President, in keeping with the humanitarian spirit of the American people, we urge you to immediately send emergency relief aid to Nagorno Karabakh, including medical equipment and other urgently-needed relief supplies. We are reminded, during this dark time, that it was the generosity of the American people, through the noble work of USAID, that helped rebuild Martakert and Martuni following Baku's 1991-94 aggression, two of the same communities that have come under heavy Azerbaijani fire.

In closing, we encourage you to send a multi-agency fact-finding mission - led by our Department of State - to thoroughly investigate serious reports of Azerbaijani war crimes and other violations of the Hague Convention, to look into allegations that Azerbaijan has engaged ISIS fighters, to evaluate the destruction inflicted by Azerbaijan's aggression, and to assess the humanitarian relief and reconstruction needs of Nagorno Karabakh's civilian population.

Thank you for your attention to this matter."

The letter has been sent on behalf of All-Armenian Student Association, American-Armenian Legion, Americans for Artsakh, Apostolic Exarchate for Armenian Catholics, Armenia Artsakh Fund, Armenia Fund, Armenia Tree Project, etc.

Source: News AM

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