Two US senators called on the United States government to provide assistance to Nagorno-Karabakh, which has been hit by the fighting and humanitarian crisis.
Senior Democrat of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez and Senator Rob Portman made this call in a joint statement released by the Democrat’s press office.
They called on the Appropriations Committee of the Upper House of the US Congress “to provide funds under the final FY2021 Appropriation Bill to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the South Caucasus.”
Menendez and Portman “highlighted the gravity of the crisis and the critical importance of American aid.”
“The humanitarian situation in the South Caucasus is dire, and as winter approaches, it will only get worse,” the senators predicted.
As an example, they cite the spread of the coronavirus, as well as “the recent Turkish-backed conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which caused long-term damage to the infrastructure of the region and led to the displacement of more than half of the ethnic Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh, including 90% of women and children in the region.”
“The fighting may have ended, but the damage it inflicted will continue to kill people in the absence of decisive action by the international community,” the senators said.