WASHINGTON – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, Monday released a statement condemning attacks by the armed forces of Azerbaijan on soldiers of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. We present the statement below:
“I condemn these attacks in the strongest terms. The attempt to penetrate the line of contact with Nagorno Karabakh defenses was an unacceptable provocation and an attempt to precipitate further conflict.
“I also want to express my deepest condolences to the families of the four soldiers who lost their lives due to these attacks. Their dedication to protecting a young but flourishing democracy exercising its right to self-determination is admirable.
“The fact that these attacks were unprovoked and came just hours after a meeting between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan with Russian President Medvedev as part of ongoing efforts to bring the conflict to a final peace settlement, makes the attacks that much more egregious. I continue to call on the U.S. government to reinstate Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act and restrict all further military assistance to Azerbaijan. We can not stand complacent as Azerbaijan makes good on their aggressive statements and engages in violent attacks.”