Sarbanes Statement on Renewed Azerbaijani Military Aggression in Nagorno-Karabakh

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after co-sponsoring a resolution that condemns Azerbaijan's recent military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh and denounces Turkey's role in the conflict (H.Res. 1165):

“Azerbaijan and Turkey must answer for the unprovoked offensive launched against Nagorno-Karabakh by the Aliyev government. This attack – which has inflicted casualties deeply anguishing to Armenians everywhere – is a wake-up call for U.S. policymakers who have too often downplayed or excused Azerbaijan's aggressive actions in the region.

“We must develop a new strategy – one that limits U.S. assistance to Azerbaijan in the absence of a sustained, good-faith commitment to achieving regional peace and stability. Along with my Congressional colleagues who have expressed alarm and outrage at recent developments, I call upon the State Department to deploy a new strategy, working with the OSCE Minsk Group, that will curb Azerbaijan's offensive military actions and address its ongoing violations of basic human rights.”