Letter to U.S. Senators / U.S. Representatives:
I am writing to encourage you to include humanitarian aid funding for the displaced Armenians of Artsakh in the Federal Fiscal Year 2022 omnibus spending bill that is expected to be considered by the House and Senate next week.
As you and your professional staff are aware, since Azerbaijan’s attack against Artsakh, the U.S. Agency for International Development has delivered a negligible amount of humanitarian aid to over 90,000 displaced Armenians. This is not acceptable and inconsistent with America’s strong tradition of assisting victims of war crimes.
With an appreciation that it has been over 15 months since thousands of Armenians were killed in an unprovoked war started by Azerbaijan and supported by our NATO ally (the Republic of Turkey) – I would respectfully ask that the following language supported by the Armenian National Committee of America be included in any Federal Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations omnibus bill that includes funding for Ukraine.
Of the emergency funds appropriated under this heading, not less than $50,000,000 shall be made available for assistance in Nagorno-Karabagh, used to provide humanitarian assistance and resettlement support to the Armenian victims of the Nagorno-Karabagh conflict, both those residing in and those displaced from Nagorno-Karabagh. Such assistance will help to meet basic human needs, including maternity healthcare and drinking water programs.
Thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration of my request.