Rep. Nunes condemns Azerbaijani attacks against Nagorno Karabakh. Read the statement here. 03/02/16 -
Statement submitted to the Congressional Record on Sumgait along with Rep. David Valadao - Mr. Speaker, I rise today with my colleague, Representative Devin Nunes, to recognize the people of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Over the course of the past century, the Armenian people have been subject to some of the worst treatment in modern history. From the Armenian genocide and the repressive years under Soviet rule, to the pogroms committed against Armenians in the cities of Sumgait, Kirovabad, and Baku, the tragic plight of the Armenian people in their search for freedom cannot be overstated.
As a nation built on the concept of freedom, the United States must support those who put their safety on the line in the pursuit of that most basic human right. The people of Nagorno-Karabakh have suffered enough under Azerbaijan's aggressive policies, and it is time for the international community to recognize their right to self-determination.
Today, I rise to recognize the Armenian people, especially the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, who struggle for the same things the United States fought for over 200 years ago: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.