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U.S. Direct Assistance to Nagorno Karabakh

The Nagorno Karabakh Republic is grateful to the people and the government of the United States for their leadership in providing humanitarian assistance to Nagorno Karabakh.

Nagorno Karabakh's humanitarian needs such as housing, water-sanitation, and health-care needs must be addressed. We urge U.S. Congress and USAID to expedite the remainder of the $20 million promptly and consider additional funding for humanitarian, democracy-building and economic development assistance.

Nagorno Karabakh Peace Process

The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is fully committed to the peaceful resolution of the conflict with Azerbaijan and has agreed to restart full-fledged negotiations without any preconditions. We welcome the continued active involvement of the U.S. Congress in the search for peace and stability in the region, and we call on the government of Azerbaijan to abandon its war rhetoric and anti-Armenian propaganda. In order to contribute to the establishment of an atmosphere of tolerance and trust, we propose to the Government of Azerbaijan to agree to a set of confidence building measures with Nagorno Karabakh. We find Azerbaijan's rejection of Nagorno Karabakh as a full party to the peace negotiations counterproductive. We also ask the U.S. Congress to continue its efforts in advancing a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict by ensuring that Nagorno Karabakh is a full participant throughout the negotiating process.

Building and Strengthening Democratic Institutions

The Nagorno Karabakh Republic is a young nation committed to enhancing democracy, transitioning to market a economy and building a rule-of-law civil society. However, the democratic processes and building of institutions within the republic, underway since its independence from Azerbaijan, must be strengthened and reinforced through democracy-building programs.

We believe that strengthening of democracy throughout the South Caucasus will create a strong basis for long lasting peace and prosperity for the region. Nagorno Karabakh is unjustly excluded from internationally sponsored democracy-building programs. We strongly urge the U.S. Congress to initiate and support inclusion of NKR in all U.S. and multinational civil society programs.

Self-determination and De-Jure Recognition for Nagorno Karabakh

The Nagorno Karabakh Republic appeals to the U.S. Congress to formally recognize the right of its people to live free of external threats and be masters of our own destiny. Throughout its ten years of de-facto independence, NKR has directly participated in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) negotiation process. It has proven itself to be a serious, reliable and predictable partner. NKR has signed memorandums and protocols and joined several international conventions. Nagorno Karabakh has been open to closer cooperation with members of the international community.

We ask the United States to welcome a new nation that truly embraces and stands unequivocally for such universal values as freedom, democracy and equal justice under law for all.

Because it will promote stability, peace and economic prosperity for all peoples of the South Caucasus, formal recognition of the independent Republic of Nagorno Karabakh is in interest of the international community.

Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act

The United States and the international community should hold Azerbaijan accountable for its blockades of Nagorno Karabakh and Armenia, in that they are actions equivalent to a declaration of war.

Section 907 should remain in place as long as Azerbaijan continues its ongoing and illegal blockade of Nagorno Karabakh and Armenia. The government of Nagorno Karabakh recognizes the need for the current waiver to Section 907 as it relates to the global war against terrorism. However, given Azerbaijan's continued blockade and bellicose statements, we urge Congress to ensure that any assistance provided to Azerbaijan as a result of the waiver is not abused or used against Nagorno Karabakh or Armenia.

Economic Integration of the South Caucasus

Natural resources and traditional transportation routes in the Caucasus should be harnessed to promote peace. An economically integrated South Caucasus will bring stability and economic

prosperity for all the people in the region. Economic cooperation between the NKR and Azerbaijan, an excellent confidence building measure, can also promote the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. The government of the NKR welcomes initiatives within the U.S. Congress to urge and encourage Azerbaijan to build economic ties with the NKR rather than excluding the NKR and Armenia from regional development and integration projects.


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