Official Statement on Azerbaijan and Armenia Conflict
For decades, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in a territorial dispute over Artsakh, a.k.a. Nagorno Karabakh. This has manifested itself in on-and-off skirmishes and ceasefires of varying degrees since the 1980s. Recently, Azerbaijan conducted a brutal offensive against Armenians in the region, resulting in thousands of deaths. This attack was supported by Turkey, a US ally and NATO member that our government has refused to sanction or condemn for over a century despite the brutal violence they have historically perpetrated against Armenians.
I condemn in the strongest of terms the brutal violence perpetrated by Azerbaijan and backed by Turkey. I support House Res. 1165 denouncing Azerbaijan and Turkey and demanding that the US secure a ceasefire agreement from Azerbaijan.
Regarding the current situation in Artsakh, we must push for a diplomacy-first approach, and find ways to protect and treat civilians that have been put into danger as a result of the conflict. We must engage NGO’s like Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross to provide humanitarian aid, gather up-to-date information to accurately assess about the ongoing conflict through daily reports and try to create a dialogue with both Armenian and Azerbaijan governments to find ways to de-escalate the situation through prioritizing their people’s safety first.
We must also leverage our massive international influence, especially within organizations like NATO (of which Azerbaijan and Turkey are members), the United Nations, and the OSCE Minsk Group to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the Artsakh/Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
Finally, I demand that the US government officially recognizes the brutal genocide Turkey perpetrated against Armenians from 1914-1923, killing 1.5 million. Direct descendents of that genocide’s survivors live right here in our district, and we must ensure that their people’s suffering is no longer overlooked.