They called the humanitarian situation in the South Caucasus “terrible”.
Two U.S. senators called on the U.S. government to help Nagorno-Karabakh, which has suffered from fighting and a humanitarian crisis.
U.S. Senate Foreign Affairs Committee senior Democrat Robert Menendez and Senator Rob Portman made the call in a joint statement distributed by the Democrat press office.
They called on the U.S. U.S. Congress Upper House Appropriations Committee to “provide funding under the Fiscal Year 2021 final appropriation bill to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the South Caucasus.
Menendez and Portman “stressed the severity 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 conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, supported by Turkey, which has caused long-term damage to the region’s infrastructure and displaced more than half of Nagorno-Karabakh’s ethnic Armenian population, including 90 percent of the region’s women and children.
“The fighting may have stopped, but the damage will continue to result in loss of life without decisive action by the international community,” the senators said.