Armenian Assembly of America Calls On Members Of Congress To Withdraw From Turkish And Azerbaijani Caucuses

Today, the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) called upon Members
of Congress to withdraw from the Congressional Caucus on Turkey and
Turkish Americans and the Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus “in light of
the pattern of behavior culminating in the military offensive admittedly
initiated by Azerbaijan with the support of Turkish military,
personnel, and equipment on April 2nd against Armenia and the Nagorno
Karabakh Republic.”

The Assembly’s letter
highlights the egregious acts committed by Azerbaijan, including the
killing of a 12-year-old boy, the gruesome mutilation of an elderly
couple, the use of a kamikaze drone, and the beheading of a young Yezidi
Armenian military officer and of two other Christian Armenian soldiers.
In addition to this violence, these atrocities were broadcast online in
an ISIS-style video to incite further violence against Christian

“This brutality is deeply
troubling, clearly violates the Geneva Conventions, and is strikingly
similar to the tactics employed by ISIS,” Assembly Board of Trustees
Co-Chairmen Anthony Barsamian and Van Krikorian stated in the letter,
pointing out that the Azeri Defense Ministry said that its soldiers
“became shahids” or Muslim martyrs.

“Whatever your prior
reasons for standing in solidarity with the Azerbaijani and Turkish
regimes, we cannot imagine that any American would continue to do so in
the face of recent events,” The Assembly Co-Chairs said. “To do so would
condone such behavior.”

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 501©(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

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