The Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosicondemned this Sunday in Yerevan the “deadly attacks” of Azerbaijan against Armenian territory.
“On behalf of the Congress, we strongly condemn Azerbaijan’s deadly attacks on the territory of Armenia,” Pelosi said at a press conference with the president of the Armenian Parliament, Alen Simonian.
Politics arrived in Yerevan this Saturday on a plane from Berlin, where she was participating in a G7 event.
This is Pelosi’s first visit to Armenia, which has great significance for the Caucasian country, which denounced this week the incursion of Azerbaijani troops into its territory and attacks against civilian infrastructure.
“From the United States to Ukraine, Taiwan and Armenia, the world is faced with choosing between democracies and autocracies and we must choose democracy again,” Pelosi wrote the day before in a message posted on her social networks.
In the clashes that broke out between the parties on September 13 and which Baku attributed to a “large-scale provocation” from Yerevan, More than 210 soldiers from both sides died.
The Armenian Defense Ministry said the situation on the border with Azerbaijan has remained calm since the ceasefire took effect at 8 p.m. Wednesday, and no violations were reported. The ceasefire declaration followed two days of heavy fighting that marked the biggest outbreak of hostilities in almost two years.
Armenia and Azerbaijan traded blame for the bombing, with Armenian authorities accusing Baku of unprovoked aggression and Azerbaijani officials saying their country was responding to Armenian attacks.
The American politician said today at a press conference that Washington has confirmed that it was Azerbaijan that attacked Armenia.
“The Congress has drafted a resolution that will condemn the Azerbaijani aggression,” he said, promising to continue helping Armenia not to allow its borders to be changed.
Pelosi also condemned Azerbaijan’s actions against the civilian population of Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory between Yerevan and Baku, and the “vandalism” acts against Armenian heritage in the area.
The president of the Armenian Parliament, in turn, thanked the US for its help and asked to impose sanctions on Baku to curb their “expansionist ambitions”.
Today Pelosi will meet with the Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinián, and other authorities of the country.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives will also offer a press conference and will go to the Cafesjian Art Center, where she will intervene with a speech.
In addition, she visited the Tsitsernakaberd memorial in Yerevan, dedicated to the victims of the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire. According to images released by the Armenpress agency, Pesloi was accompanied by the president of the Armenian Parliament, Alen Simonián, and the Armenian ambassador to the United States. United, Lilit Makunts.
The Tsitsernakaberd (Fortress of the Swallows) complex was inaugurated half a century after the genocide, at the end of November 1967. The monument is made up of twelve basalt slabs representing the twelve provinces most affected by the genocide. Inside, a meter and a half deep, is an eternal flame
(with information from EFE and AP)
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