Costa calls for delegation to Armenia amid conflict with Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan has ramped up attacks on a disputed area with Armenia one year after deadly clashes at their border.

In light of recent attacks from Azerbaijan in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, Rep. Jim Costa (D–Fresno) is calling for a Congressional delegation to visit the region. 

Costa is also calling for a Congressional hearing to discuss the rising tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia. 


Driving the news: On Tuesday, Azerbaijan went on the offensive against what it said were Armenian military targets in Nagorno-Karabakh. 

  • That came one year after the two countries clashed along their border, resulting in the deaths of around 300 people over a few days. 
  • Wednesday, Costa and fellow Democratic Congressmen Brad Schneider and Brad Sherman sent a letter to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs requesting a bipartisan fact-finding mission to the area to meet with Armenian representatives. 
  • The delegation would also reaffirm Congressional support for peace in the South Caucuses. 
  • Costa, Rep. David Valadao (R – Hanford) and Rep. Tom McClintock (R – Elk Grove) joined the rest of the Congressional Armenian Caucus in a letter urging the Biden Administration to establish a mandate and peacekeeping mission to protect the vulnerable Armenian population through the United Nations Security Council. 

What they’re saying: In the letter calling for a Congressional delegation, Costa and his peers said the trip would provide an invaluable opportunity for representatives to meet with world leaders on issues of concern and national security. 

  • “The United States is home to a proud Armenian population,” the letter reads. “The impact of Armenian immigrants is seen today within agriculture, historic landmarks, and a variety of traditional Armenian cuisine. Armenian-Americans throughout the United States demand that Congress take action to uphold human rights and that a lasting peace is found.” 
  • Costa also called on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to utilize its oversight powers to figure out how Congress can provide support for humanitarian assistance and conflict resolution. 
  • In the letter to the Biden administration, the Armenian Caucus called Azerbaijan’s actions this week “the most egregious escalation of their genocidal campaign against Armenians to date.” 
  • “Despite failing to prevent this horrific tragedy from occurring, the international community still has time to prevent the massacre or exile of the 120,000 Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh,” the letter reads. “The United Nations must act swiftly to implement independent monitoring on the ground in Nagorno-Karabakh and provide guaranteed protections to prevent the further bloodshed of innocent civilians and ensure the safety and security of Armenians in the region.”
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