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Assembly Statement on Armenia's 31st Independence Anniversary

Washington, D.C. - As the Republic of Armenia marks its 31st anniversary of independence, the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) remains deeply troubled by Azerbaijan's latest military invasion of sovereign Armenian territory, including the shelling of civilian-populated centers along Armenia’s eastern and southeastern borders, in clear violation of the terms of the November 9, 2020 trilateral ceasefire statement.

The Assembly welcomed U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's visit to Armenia last week, wherein she condemned Azerbaijan’s aggression and reiterated U.S. support for Armenia stating that Armenia is an important front in the "battle between democracy and autocracy...we conveyed a strong message of support for Armenia's democracy and security, particularly following Azerbaijan's offensive against Armenia." The Assembly also appreciates and fully supports H.Res. 1351 , which condemns Azerbaijan’s attacks against Armenia and Artsakh and calls for the cessation of aid to Azerbaijan pursuant to Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act.

Building from Speaker Pelosi’s visit, we strongly support and look forward to congressional action in defense of the Armenian people. In order to secure Armenia’s democracy, the U.S. must ensure a robust aid package for the Armenian people, as well as enforce Section 907 and hold Azerbaijan accountable for its actions.

We salute the Armenian people on this day and honor their bravery, sacrifice, and resilience.

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.


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