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I am alarmed to learn that, over the past month, ZYNQ FPGA chips, produced by San Jose, CA-based Xilinx, have been found in Turkish-produced Roketsan’s MAM-L missiles, which have been from Turkey’s Bayraker UAV against Armenian civilians in Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh). The chips control flight-path, missile guidance, and target tracking for Roketsan’s MAM-L missiles.
Your company must immediately stop any and all military or dual-use sales or other transactions with the Turkish or Azerbaijani governments or related entities, suspend any such pending agreements, and terminate all existing contracts that place innocent Armenian lives in continued danger.
In addition to calling upon your corporation to take these actions, I am calling upon the U.S. government, through my federal legislators, to deny export licenses for arms sales or transfers to Turkey and Azerbaijan, and also to pursue congressional investigations into the presence of U.S. parts and technology in weaponry used to kill Armenian civilians. I will as well, publicize my actions among my social network and also via communication with U.S. media outlets.
Enabled by your chips and technology, Turkish-manufactured missiles have wrought untold devastation against civilian populations, resulting in the destruction of homes, schools, hospitals, and religious sites, and the forced displacement of over 60% of the region’s indigenous population. Azerbaijan has perpetrated vast human rights abuses, as documented by leading human rights watchdogs Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, including the use of illegal cluster munitions and white phosphorus against civilian populations.
Azerbaijan’s aggression – aided and abetted by its Turkish and ISIS allies – against the civilian population of Artsakh has been condemned by the International Association of Genocide Scholars. In many respects, Turkey and Azerbaijan are today continuing the Armenian Genocide of 1915, a point of pride for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has said publicly that he is “going to finish what his grandfathers started.”
As you may know, in recent weeks, technology manufacturers and international corporations – including ViaSat, Garmin, Beringer Aero, Mercury Public Affairs, DLA Piper and the Livingston Group – have ended their associations with the Turkish and Azerbaijani governments. I ask you, today, to do the same.
Thank you for your urgent attention to my request. I look forward to sharing your response with my community and colleagues.