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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI)

November 14, 2020

WARWICK, R.I. – Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and a member of the House Armenia Caucus issued the following statement regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict:

“I want to offer my deep sympathies to the Armenian people who have lost so much in the past few weeks. Since September, Azerbaijan has conducted a punishing campaign on the peaceful residents of Artsakh. With the help of Turkish mercenaries, Azerbaijani troops bombed churches and schools. The toll of their attacks has been devastating.

“I am deeply disappointed that the United States did not play a more active role in resolving this conflict and promoting the interests of peace and prosperity. Our country, at its finest, is an honest broker between conflicting parties. Our diplomats facilitate agreements that are fair and uphold human rights. Unfortunately, Secretary Pompeo let this moment slip and surrendered it to Russia, which in turn facilitated a one-sided deal against Armenia. The Trump Administration ignored the warning signs of Azerbaijani aggression and signaled—again—that it will not protect those who share our values.

“As one of the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, the U.S. remains responsible for working on a lasting peace settlement. I urge our government to work with France to revisit this agreement with Russia to prevent Azerbaijan from being rewarded for shedding innocent blood. We must hold bad actors like Turkey and Azerbaijan accountable so that others do not follow their example.”