Congressman Pallone Condemns Deadly Azerbaijani Cross-border Attack in Armenia
June 4, 2012
WASHINGTON DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), co-chair and founder of the Congressional Armenian Issues Caucus, issued the following statement after an Azerbaijani cross-border attack that killed three Armenian solders and wounded five:
“I strongly condemn the violent attacks in the Tavush region of Armenia today by Azerbaijani forces, which, tragically, killed three and wounded five Armenian soldiers. This act of aggression is one in a pattern of escalating attacks by Azerbaijan against both Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh. Violence by Azerbaijan impedes peace efforts and has the potential to lead to greater regional instability and violence.
“This type of aggression warrants a forceful condemnation of Azerbaijan’s actions by the Administration. It is my hope that Secretary of State Clinton, who is currently visiting the Caucuses and will meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Baku on Wednesday, delivers a strong message that the United States will not tolerate this type of violence and will hold Azerbaijan accountable. I join with the Armenian people at this time to call for an immediate end to these senseless attacks.”