As a 2020 Presidential candidate, Joe Biden issued the following statement on “Hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh”
“I am deeply concerned by the outbreak of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh and call for urgent de-escalation, restoring the ceasefire, and a resumption of negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The United States should be pushing for more observers along the ceasefire line and calling for Russia to stop cynically providing arms to both sides, while reviewing our own security assistance programs to ensure no military capabilities are being repurposed for offensive means.
The Trump administration also needs to step up its diplomatic efforts, together with fellow OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs France and Russia, to seek a peaceful resolution and to support confidence-building measures. The eruption of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh runs the risk of escalating into a larger regional conflict, which is why third parties in the region must stay out of this conflict and the Minsk Group mediators must immediately seek de-escalation and a return to negotiations.”
Joe Biden also tweeted: “With casualties rapidly mounting in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, the Trump Administration needs to call the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan immediately to de-escalate the situation. It must also demand others — like Turkey — stay out of this conflict.”
As a 2020 Presidential candidate, Joe Biden has spoken in support of U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide:
— On April 24, 2020, Joe Biden issued a statement asserting, in part: “During my years in the Senate, I was proud to lead efforts to recognize the genocide against the Armenian people. Last year, I was pleased to endorse bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate that officially recognized and established an ongoing U.S. commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. If elected, I pledge to support a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide…”
— On September, 16, 2019, Joe Biden, in a letter to the ANCA, stated that: “The United States must reaffirm, once and for all, our record on the Armenian Genocide. We must never forget or remain silent about this horrific and systematic campaign of extermination that resulted in the deaths of 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children and the mass deportation of 2 million Armenians from their homes. If we do not fully acknowledge, commemorate, and teach our children about genocide, the words ‘never again’ lose their meaning. The facts must be as clear and as powerful for future generations as for those whose memories are seared by tragedy. Failing to remember or acknowledge the fact of a genocide only paves the way for future mass atrocities.”
VICE PRESIDENT: As Vice President, Joe Biden was part of an Administration that took actions against a broad range of Armenian American policy priorities:
— The Obama/Biden Administration broke its explicitly stated and repeated campaign pledges to properly commemorate the Armenian Genocide, failing to properly commemorate this crime in all eight of its annual April 24th messages.
— The Obama/Biden Administration pushed Armenia to sign the reckless Turkey-Armenia Protocols, which called for a “historical commission” to examine a known case of genocide as a disputed set of competing claims. These accords were then used by the Administration as an excuse to not recognize the Armenian Genocide.
— The Obama/Biden Administration actively opposed and successfully worked with U.S. House leaders to block passage of a U.S. House resolution, H.Res.252, commemorating the Armenian Genocide.
— The Obama/Biden Administration described the Armenian Genocide a matter for “historical debate, through an on-the-record statement by their Secretary of State.
— The Obama/Biden Administration filed an official brief opposing Supreme Court consideration of a case allowing descendants of Armenian Genocide survivors to pursue insurance claims.
— The Obama/Biden Administration twice nominated Matt Bryza, a diplomat with a demonstrated anti-Armenian bias, to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Azerbaijan.
— The Obama/Biden Administration waived Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act on eight occasions, limiting enforcement of this 1992 law restricting U.S. assistance to Azerbaijan due to its blockades of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh).
— As Vice President, Joe Biden told an Armenian American activist in 2010 that the Obama/Biden Administration did not honor its pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide because the President of Armenia personally called to ask him to “not force this issue [of Genocide recognition] now, while we’re in negotiations [on the Turkey-Armenia Protocols].” This assertion was denied by the government of Armenia.
— The Obama/Biden Administration was represented by Vice President Joe Biden at a 2015 Armenian Genocide Centennial service at the National Cathedral.
— The Obama/Biden Administration signed a U.S.-Armenian Trade and Investment Framework Agreement in 2015.
SENATOR: As a U.S. Senator, Joe Biden supported a number of Armenian American policy priorities:
— Senator Joe Biden worked with Senator Bob Dole on his 1990 attempt to pass the Armenian Genocide Resolution (S.J.Res.212), consistently supporting – throughout his tenure in the Senate – resolutions and other legislative initiatives to ensure U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
— Senator Joe Biden supported Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act, adopted in 1992, which restricts U.S. assistance to Azerbaijan due to its blockades of Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh).
— Senator Joe Biden publicly pressed the Bush Administration to explain its firing of U.S. Ambassador to Armenia, John Evans over his truthful statements about the Armenian Genocide.