A wide array of Armenian American advocacy, civic, religious, charitable, academic, youth, human rights, cultural, and other organizations have joined together – in a strong show of diaspora-homeland solidarity – to call upon President Barack Obama to stand up to Azerbaijan’s aggression as part of a renewed American diplomatic effort to promote peace and foster long-term regional stability.
The community-wide letter specifically asks the U.S. President, in addition to forcefully condemning Azerbaijan’s aggression, to support the self-defense of Nagorno Karabakh, the suspension of U.S. military aid to Baku, the deployment of gunfire locator systems, the provision of emergency relief aid to Artsakh, and the organization of a multi-agency U.S. fact-finding mission to investigate reports of Azerbaijani war crimes, look into allegations of Azerbaijan-ISIS cooperation, evaluate the destruction caused by Azerbaijan’s aggression, and assess Nagorno Karabakh’s humanitarian relief and reconstruction needs.
“We welcome this renewed opportunity to underscore the Armenian American community’s enduring solidarity with the Armenian homeland, and – amid this latest escalation of Azerbaijani aggression – to highlight our diaspora’s rock-solid commitment to the security, the strength, and independent status of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “We look forward to engaging with the Administration in support each of the policy priorities set forth in this appeal, and to bringing renewed energy and focus to our leadership in support of full and formal American recognition of Artsakh’s independence.”
The letter, which was brought together on a short schedule, includes a broad and representative cross-section of groups but does not, due to time limitations, represent the full array of Armenian American organizations supporting Artsakh.
The complete text of the letter is provided below.