Nancy Pelosi Condemns Azerbaijan Over Armenia Attack

YEREVAN, Armenia — The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said Sunday that the United States deplores recent attacks by Azerbaijan and called for a negotiated solution to the countries’ conflict.

Pelsoi’s visit to the Armenian capital, Yerevan, with a congressional delegation came just a few days days after two days of shelling by both sides that killed more than 200 troops. It was the most severe outbreak of hostilities since more than two decades.

These two ex-Soviet nations have been at war for decades over Nagorno Karabakh, which is now part of Azerbaijan. However, it was under control of Armenian ethnic forces since 1994 when a separatist conflict there ended.

Azerbaijan won large swathes of Nagorno Karabakh and other territories held by Armenian forces during a six week war. During that conflict, more than 6700 civilians were killed.

Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Azerbaijan blame each other for initiating the last week’s shelling attacks.

Pelosi on Sunday met with Alen Simonyan, president of Armenia’s parliament, and told reporters afterward that “Our meeting again had a particular importance to us because the focus was on security following the illegal and deadly attacks by Azerbaijan on the Armenian territory.

“We strongly condemn those attacks — we in our delegation on behalf of Congress — which threaten prospects for a much-needed peace agreement,” she said. “The United States … has clearly and has long stated that there can be no military solution to the conflict. We continue to watch the situation closely and we continue supporting a negotiated, comprehensive and sustainable solution to all issues relating to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”

She was harshly attacked by the Azerbaijan Foreign Ministry.

“Pelosi’s baseless and unfair accusations against Azerbaijan are unacceptable,” it said in a statement.

“We emphasize with regret that Pelosi, who speaks of justice, has not purposefully shown any position until today regarding the policy of aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan, the occupation of the territory of Azerbaijan for almost 30 years, the ethnic cleansing of hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis and other similar grave crimes, for which Armenia is responsible,” the ministry said.

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