Politics 15:30 21/03/2023 World

Rep. Schiff leads congressional letter calling out Biden appointee for recklessly ruling out Azerbaijan sanctions

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is collecting signatures on a U.S. House letter calling out newly appointed U.S point person on Armenian-Azerbaijan issues, Louis Bono, for ruling out U.S. sanctions against Azerbaijan for its 100-day blockade of 120,000 Christian Armenians in their indigenous Artsakh homeland, a targeted legislative initiative strongly supported by the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), it said on Tuesday.

On March 8th of this year – deep into the second month of Azerbaijan’s blockade, Bono, on his first official trip to the region as Special U.S. Advisor, stated publicly: “This is not a time for sanctions… Sanctions would be counter-productive. It’s not even under consideration at this point.”

ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian replied within hours, noting that: “Louis Bono, by taking sanctions on Azerbaijan off the table in his very first public move, signals American weakness, confirming for Ilham Aliyev that the Biden Administration won’t back its anti-blockade talk with concrete action.”

“When our diplomats deliver scripted assurances to Azerbaijan that the United States will not impose any costs or consequences for its blockade of Artsakh, they are – quite openly and intentionally – handing Ilham Aliyev a free pass, signed by Joe Biden, to continue attacking, occupying, and ethnically cleansing indigenous Armenian lands,” added Hamparian.

The Schiff-led Congressional letter states, in part: “We are deeply concerned by your reported comments during the trip ruling out the use of economic and diplomatic sanctions against Azerbaijan for their clear aggression. It was reported that you stated, “this is not a time for sanctions … it’s not even under consideration at this point.” As 120,000 innocent people remain deprived of their basic rights in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) for a third month, due to a blockade that the International Court of Justice (World Court) has ordered Azerbaijan to lift, this is not the time to take any tools off the table.”

In closing, the signatories affirm that: “The United States, the President of the United States, the U.S. State Department, and entire Administration must use all tools at its disposal to ensure the safety of the people of Artsakh, now and in the future, including cessation of financial support to Azerbaijan and imposition of sanctions.”



Source Panorama.am
Share |
Տեքստում սխալ կամ վրիպակ նկատելու դեպքում, ուղարկեք խմբագրին հաղորդագրություն` նշելով տվյալ սխալը, այնուհետև սեղմելով Ctrl-Enter:

Newsfeed

17:03
Expert: Start of Armenian-Azerbaijani border delimitation in Tavush essential for Baku
Karen Igityan, an expert on regional issues and co-founder of the Armenian Project NGO, claims the start of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border...
16:34
Armenian expert reacts to Erdogan's statement
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated that Armenia needs to stop campaigning for international recognition of the 1915 Armenian...
16:05
Aliyev: Baku has agreed to Armenia-Azerbaijan talks in Kazakhstan
Baku has accepted Kazakhstan's proposal to host a meeting of the Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers, Azerbaijani President Ilham...
15:33
Record number of parliamentarians to attend Armenian Genocide commemorations in Australia
As Sydney and Melbourne's Armenian community prepare to commemorate the 109th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Armenian National...
15:12
Armenian deputy mayor deplores unilateral concessions to Baku
The Armenian government’s decision to hand over four border villages to Azerbaijan poses threats to the Noyemberyan community in Tavush...
14:35
Protesters block Yerevan-Sevan highway
Fresh protests erupted in Armenia on Tuesday after the Interior Ministry announced the launch of border delimitation with Azerbaijan which would...
13:56
Armenian community leaders warn of border delimitation risks
The delimitation of the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan at the section of Baghanis and Voskepar, border villages in the Noyemberyan...
13:21
Iran backs peaceful settlement of Armenia-Azerbaijan border issues
The continuation of Azerbaijan and Armenia’s efforts to resolve border issues peacefully is necessary for establishing lasting peace and...
13:03
Delimitation of Baghanis-Voskepar border section expected on Tuesday
The Baghanis-Voskepar road in Armenia’s Tavush Province has been closed due to mine clearance being carried out in the adjacent area, the...
12:35
Armenia, Azerbaijan start clarification of border coordinates
Armenia and Azerbaijan have started clarifying coordinates on the border between the two countries, the Armenian government reported on Tuesday....
11:59
Journalist Leo Nicolian denied entry to Armenia
Leo Nicolian, a French-Armenian conflict journalist, has been barred from entering Armenia. In a video from Yerevan’s Zvartnots...
11:32
Pashinyan: Armenia purchasing mostly defensive weapons
Armenia is buying mostly defensive weapons and its defense spending is some 15-20% of what Azerbaijan spends on arms purchase, Armenian Prime...
11:00
'We've made history', Mkhitaryan says after Inter's Serie A win
Inter Milan midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan admits that the team have long been imagining clinching Serie A against AC Milan. The 35-year-old...
17:05
People allowed to enter church in Armenian border village
Police officers on Monday allowed people to enter the Holy Mother of God Church in Voskepar, a border village in Armenia's Tavush Province....
16:35
Political prisoners Narek Samsonyan and Vazgen Saghatelyan must be immediately released: statement
Opposition activists Narek Samsonyan and Vazgen Saghatelyan, co-hosts of the Imnemnimi podcast, have been illegally detained for one month now....
15:36
MP Tigran Abrahamyan blasts unilateral concessions to Baku
Opposition MP Tigran Abrahamyan has denounced the Armenian leadership for unilateral concessions to Azerbaijan, rejecting the claims that the...
15:03
Armenia remains engaged with CSTO, chief says
Armenia continues to fulfill its obligations as part of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and all issues on the agenda are...
14:31
Putin-Pashinyan personal contact may take place soon, Kremlin says
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan will be able to discuss topical issues during a possible personal...
14:16
Ex-Armenian FM claims diplomacy can avert new war
Former Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Ayvazyan has rejected the Armenian leadership’s policy of territorial concessions to Azerbaijan to...
13:35
French Senate delegation joins EU mission for patrol in Goris
French Ambassador to Armenia Olivier Decottignies and a delegation from the French Senate on Monday joined the EU Mission in Armenia (EUMA) for...
13:17
Caring for nature, we have started with ourselves – Team Telecom Armenia
On April 22, Earth Day is celebrated all over the world. This year all events are centered on the theme “Planet vs. Plastics”....
13:10
Tensions run high in Armenia's Voskepar amid demining
Tensions are running high in Voskepar, a border village in Armenia’s Tavush Province, where local residents have been protesting against...
12:37
NATO official welcomes Armenia-Azerbaijan border delimitation deal
Javier Colomina, NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, has welcomed Friday's agreement on...
12:15
180 bodies found in mass grave at hospital in Gaza
Palestinian civil defence crews have uncovered a mass grave inside the Nasser Medical Complex in Gaza’s Khan Younis, with 180 bodies...
11:59
Yerevan airport reveals reason for flight delays
Zvartnots International Airport has delayed around a dozen flights to and from Yerevan initially scheduled for Monday morning. The airport...
11:34
Protests continue in Armenian border village
Protests in Kirants, a border village in Armenia’s Tavush Province, continued overnight Monday. Local residents keep blocking an...
11:01
Health-harming heat stress rising in Europe, scientists warn
Europe is increasingly facing bouts of heat so intense that the human body cannot cope, as climate change continues to raise temperatures,...
17:00
Inna Sahakyan joins jury of world's largest animation festival
Filmmaker Inna Sahakyan will serve on the jury for this year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France, the Armenian...
16:36
Statement on border delimitation deal violates Armenian laws, activist claims
The statement on a border delimitation agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan issued by the Armenian Foreign Ministry on Friday runs counter...
16:00
Azerbaijan 'restoring' Shushi's Realni School
After 2020, Shushi has become the focal point of Azerbaijan's efforts to erase, appropriate, and expropriate Armenian historical and...

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.header.spell_message1":"Selected mistake: ","core.blocks.header.spell_message2":"Send a message about the mistake?"}