Cicilline Statement on the Ongoing Situation in Armenia

Nov 14, 2020

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement today:

"Since Azerbaijan’s unprovoked attacks in September, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in conflict. I stand with Armenia’s democratic government, which has defended its ancestral land from Azerbaijan’s military."

"Azerbaijan has attacked Armenians along the shared border and on civilian populated lands. Azerbaijan has used illegal cluster bombs and shelled churches, community centers and schools. Rather than attempt to mediate the conflict, the United States has stayed silent. Our silence has allowed the violence to continue; it has allowed Turkey to instigate further hostilities, and it must stop."

"As a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, I was deeply disappointed that the United States failed to play a role in the peace agreement that was announced this week. The agreement does not resolve the core issues at play, including the status of Nagorno Karbakh. As a member of the Minsk Group, the United States should be actively working to resolve the conflict, not ceding the region to Russia and Turkey. Now more than ever, American leadership is needed to protect Armenia and Artsakh and prevent additional regional conflicts."