Congressman Adam Schiff Calls For At Least $10 Million Assistance To

Nov 10 2011

Armenian Americans are joining with friends of Armenia from across
the United States in making a final push for U.S. House and Senate
conferees to include pro-Armenian provisions – including report
language mandating at least $10 million for Nagorno-Karabakh – in
the Fiscal Year 2012 foreign aid bill, reported the Armenian National
Committee of America (ANCA).

The ANCA website – – hosts an action alert, complete
with phone scripts, for community activists to use in calling on
their legislators to support Armenian American priorities in the FY12
foreign aid bill.

Last week, Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) sent a letter urging the
Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Appropriations
Subcommittees on State-Foreign Operations, to “direct USAID and the
Department of State to focus not less than $10 million for humanitarian
and development programs in the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh.”

In a statement accompanying his letter, the California legislator,
who serves on this foreign aid panel, stressed that:

“Given the continued drumbeat of bellicose rhetoric emanating
from Azerbaijan, it is more important than ever that the United
States support the right of self-determination of the people of
Nagorno-Karabakh. Directing these resources to Nagorno-Karabakh
will not only help the people of Karabakh cope with humanitarian
crises resulting from the twin blockade by Turkey and Azerbaijan,
but it will also help to stabilize the region by demonstrating our
continued commitment to a peaceful resolution of the conflict.”