US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi holds a press conference in Parliament on September 18, 2022 in Yerevan. – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemns Azerbaijan’s attack on Armenia on September 18, 2022, days after border clashes between Caucasus arch-enemies claimed lives. of more than 200 people. (Photo by Karen Minassyan/AFP)
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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the remarks in Armenia on Sunday to express support for the nation in the wake of a deadly conflict with neighboring Azerbaijan.
In a press conference, Pelosi strongly condemned “illegal and deadly attacks by Azerbaijan” and said the violence “threatens the prospects of a much-needed peace deal.” He said the US is closely monitoring the situation and continues to support a negotiated solution.
Fighting broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan this week as part of a decades-long standoff over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The conflict marks the biggest escalation of conflict since 2020, when the two nations were engaged in a war over the area that killed thousands. Each country blames the other for the renewed conflict, and the ceasefire went into effect on Wednesday.
Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry called Pelosi’s statement “deeply regrettable” and “inappropriate”. writing a release On Sunday it said it was “a serious blow to efforts to normalize relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.”
Pelosi’s office announced She will lead a congressional delegation to Armenia on Saturday in an effort to highlight America’s commitment to Armenia’s security, democratic governance and economic prosperity. According to the release, Pelosi is the highest-ranking US official to visit Armenia since it gained independence in 1991.
Last year, President Joe Biden officially recognized the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Empire forces in the early 20th century as genocide. Biden’s landmark announcement is a major break from the previous US administration, which avoided calling the atrocities genocide because of concerns about isolating Turkey.
Pelosi laid a wreath at the Tsitsernakbard Armenian Genocide Memorial during his visit, writing on twitter: “Congress is always committed to upholding the memory of the dead, reaffirming the history of this tragedy and honoring our collective responsibility to ensure such horrors never happen again.”