White House Rejects Pro-Azeri Petition

White House "We The People" petition. The highlighted portion delineates that the petition is meant for discourse by and between Americans

WASHINGTON—The Obama Administration told pro-Aliyev groups which had initiated and promoted two highly inflammatory, anti-Armenian petitions on the White House ‘We the People’ site, that “there cannot be a military solution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.” The White House declined to issue a proclamation solicited by pro-Azerbaijan groups.

The response came amid concerns of foreign manipulation of the popular “We the People” site, raised publicly and privately by the Armenian National Committee of America, after several petitions echoing Azerbaijani government attacks on Karabakh rapidly collected over 100,000 on-line signatures in recent days.

The text of one in particular, titled “pay close attention on The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. 20% of Azerbaijan territory was occupied by Armenian military,” has a direct link to the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, a project headed by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s multi-billionaire wife, Mehriban Aliyeva. The other echoed a multi-million dollar public relations campaign, led by President Aliyev’s daughter, Leyla Aliyeva. International press featured dozens of stories quoting the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev and other Aliyev mouthpieces urging worldwide support of the petitions, making a mockery of the unique White House internet platform designed to expand civic dialogue with the American people.

The White House issued a one paragraph response, titled “U.S. Committed to Lasting and Peaceful Settlement of Nagorno Karabakh,” without referencing Azerbaijani rhetoric utilized in the two petitions. The complete text of the response follows:

“Thank you for sharing your views with the White House. While we will not be issuing a Presidential Proclamation, the United States deeply regrets the tragic losses of life in the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. It reminds us that there cannot be a military solution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, and that only a lasting and peaceful settlement can bring stability, prosperity, and reconciliation to the region. As a Co-Chair of the Minsk Group, the United States remains firmly committed to working with all sides to achieve peace.”

ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian had cautioned the Obama Administration against offering any response until the full extent of the foreign manipulation of the “We the People” platform could be determined.

“While a U.S. message of peace is particularly timely in light of the Azerbaijani sniper attack which claimed the life of 21-year-old Gor Kazaryan just last week, and the escalating war-rhetoric emanating from the Aliyev Administration — it should not be coming in response to an obviously manipulative bid by a dictator to game the American democratic system,” Hamparian stated.

“By responding to a transparently fraudulent campaign, such as the Baku-based rigging of the “We the People” petitions, our government is sending the dangerous message that it’s allowing foreign interference in our domestic affairs to compromise and crowd out the genuinely expressed views and values of the American people.”

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6 Comments

  1. Satenik said:

    Artsakh is Armenian. As long as this very firm and short message is conveyed to Aliyev et al, it should do the thrick!

  2. Kevork said:

    I am not thankful, and this is not a big deal. The white house merely saved themselves from embarrassment and looking like a bunch of ignorant fools had they even entertained this ridiculous Turkish propaganda with their proxy attack dog Azer-nothing-baijan.

  3. Avery said:

    let’s not celebrate too much: the statement promulgates Azeri propaganda to a certain degree.

    to wit: {“the war between Azerbaijan and Armenia”}.
    there was no war between Azerbaijan and Armenia: the war was between NKR and Azerbaijan.
    Armenia helped NKR; Turkey helped Azerbaijan.

    So the war it should be called “the war between Armenia and Turkey” ?

  4. M.S.K. said:

    Needless to say – coward people like Azeris are always disrespected and hatred.

  5. George said:

    NO peace can be achieved in Nagorno Karabakh as long as the Corrupt Ignorant Dictator Aliyev and his family are in power, instead of using OIL $ on education and taking care of the poor, they are spendind their Dollars on stupidity

  6. GB said:

    I am sure Mehriban will be very disappointed….but she is happy at least because of Armenians some recognized her, as a new middle age model, from Sultan’s harem, who has “blowing” fighting spirit like Monica, in Oral Office!!

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