ANCA Demands Implementation of Royce-Engel Proposals as Azerbaijan Escalates Attacks

Killing of Two Karabagh Soldiers Sparks Renewed ANCA Congressional Advocacy; Highlights Importance of Dec. 8/9 ANCA Fly-In for #NKPeace

The ANCA initiates online action campaign for #NKPeace. Visit to take action

WASHINGTON—Azerbaijan’s fatal Nov. 12 sniper attacks against the Republic of Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh) highlight the urgent need for U.S. leadership in implementing the common-sense, life-saving proposals being advanced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), Ranking Democrat Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and over 80 of their U.S. House colleagues, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

The ANCA is coordinating Washington DC advocacy days for #NKPeace on Dec. 8 and 9. Register for free at

“The cold-blooded killing Thursday night of two Artsakh servicemen by Azerbaijani snipers starkly underscores the urgent need for U.S. leadership in implementing the Royce-Engel proposals—three common-sense, pro-peace measures backed by 85 U.S. Representatives, on a bipartisan basis, to save lives and avert war,” stated ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian.

According to the Nagorno-Karabagh Republic Defense Ministry, Azerbaijani snipers killed privates Vahe Vanoyan (born in 1995) and Mikael Torosyan (born in 1996) on the southern borders of Artsakh at 9 p.m. local time on Thurs., Nov. 12. These killings bring the number of Armenian combat related deaths to 33 in 2015 alone.

The ANCA has launched an online grassroots advocacy campaign to Members of Congress, urging legislators to press the Obama Administration for the immediate implementation of the Royce-Engel proposals:

– An agreement from all sides not to deploy snipers along the line of contact.

– The placement of OSCE-monitored, advanced gunfire-locator systems and sound-ranging equipment to determine the source of attacks along the line of contact.

– The deployment of additional OSCE observers along the line of contact to better monitor cease-fire violations.

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Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh have both expressed support for these life-saving initiatives; Azerbaijan continues to obstruct their implementation. The complete text of the Royce-Engel letter is available at:

“If you support peace, visit to press for immediate action on the Royce-Engel proposals—which are backed by the U.S., the OSCE, Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh, but obstructed by Azerbaijan. And if you can travel to Washington, join with us on Dec. 8 and 9 for Congressional visits and a Capitol Hill program in support of the free, independent and democratic Nagorno-Karabagh Republic’s commitment to a fair and enduring peace for its own citizens and all the people of the region,” stated Hamparian

Friends and supporters of Artsakh can register on the ANCA website at and work with ANCA Regional and Washington, DC staff to coordinate meetings with Senate and House offices and share Artsakh’s commitment to peace and progress in an environment of escalating Azerbaijani aggression. Registration is free; participants are responsible for their travel and lodging.

The Congressional meetings will be topped off by the annual Capitol Hill celebration of Artsakh’s independence, during which participants will be joining Congressional Armenian Caucus leaders, Nagorno-Karabagh Government officials and Armenian American community leaders for an evening celebrating Karabagh’s commitment to peace and progress.

More information regarding the Capitol Hill Artsakh commemoration is available on the ANCA Facebook page at:

The ANCA’s December Artsakh advocacy campaign coincides with the 10th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s destruction of the historic Armenian cemetery located in the southern Nakhichevan region of Djulfa. The cemetery, once home to more than 10,000 intricately carved cross stones (khatchkars), was subjected to sustained attacks throughout the 20th Century. A video shot in December 2005 of Azerbaijani soldiers systematically destroying the last vestiges of these spiritual icons and shipping the rubble from the region by rail is available at

A review of recent ANCA pro-Artsakh advocacy can be found at:

Source: Armenian Weekly
Link: ANCA Demands Implementation of Royce-Engel Proposals as Azerbaijan Escalates Attacks

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