(WASHINGTON) – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), the Co-Chair of the Congressional Armenian Caucus, released the following statement on Azerbaijan’s continued military aggression in the autonomous Republic of Artsakh:
“The past three weeks have seen the most violent fighting in Artsakh since Armenia and Azerbaijan signed the cease-fire agreement in 1994, and it is clear that with the aid of Turkey, Azerbaijan is the aggressor in this conflict,” Rep. Speier said. “Azerbaijan’s most recent violation of the cease-fire agreement has resulted in hundreds of lives lost and untold numbers injured or displaced. As an OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair, the U.S. has a responsibility to speak up and demand leadership on this issue. I urge Secretary Pompeo to make it clear to Azerbaijan and Turkey that continued aggression toward the people of Artsakh and Armenia is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
Congresswoman Speier is a staunch supporter of Armenia and the Armenian diaspora community. During the 116th Congress, she has continued to work to protect Armenia and Artsakh, including but not limited to the following actions:
•    Introduced H.Res.1165, condemning Azerbaijan’s military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh and denouncing Turkish interference in the conflict.
•    Co-led H.Res.296 to recognize the Armenian Genocide in the U.S. House of Representatives, which passed both houses of Congress in historic votes.
•    Co-led a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing grave concern over Azerbaijan’s renewed aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh and urging the State Department to pressure Azerbaijan to agree to international monitoring along the line of contact.
•    Introduced an amendment to provide $40 million to fund Armenian democracy assistance.
•    Co-sponsored H.Res.190, supporting visits and communication between the United States and the Republic of Artsakh.
•    Introduced an amendment to provide Nagorno-Karabakh with $1.4 million in humanitarian demining assistance, which was included in the House-passed appropriations act.
•    Co-sponsored an amendment to restrict the transfer of military equipment to Azerbaijan that could threaten civilian aviation.  
•    Cosponsored H.R.4695, the Protect Against Conflict by Turkey Act, which passed in the House in October 2019.