Senators Menendez and Booker on the violence along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border

Written by Monica Yelinyan

Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, the Democratic U.S. senators form New Jersey, have issued a statement condemning the violence on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. They have also stated that they want the US to stop giving military aid to Azerbaijan.

The senators have made the following statement: “We are deeply concerned about the reports of violence along the Armenia-Azerbaijan border. Azerbaijan, with Turkey's support, has chosen a path of violence instead of the peaceful, negotiated process spearheaded by the OSCE Minsk Group. We urge a stop to the fighting and immediate resumption of peace talks.

“Baku’s recent actions have only exacerbated violence and hindered efforts to reach lasting stability and peaceful end to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, forcing us to once again raise serious questions about our current levels of military assistance to the Government of Azerbaijan. Providing nearly $120 million in security assistance to a regime that flouts a peace process co-chaired by the U.S. is absurd. We call on the Trump administration to immediately halt this assistance and fully respect Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act.”

Events of the past few days

Azerbaijan attacked Armenia despite the COVID-19 pandemic and UN's Global ceasefire appeal. On 12 July and 13th, Azerbaijan attacked the northern province of Tavush. The fact that the fighting is now taking place near Tavush, along the actual border between the two countries, is worrying. Most of the tension between Azerbaijan and Armenia can be traced back to the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

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