Sending Office: Honorable Frank Pallone, Jr.
Sent By:
James.Johnson@mail.house.gov

Support US-Armenia Relations and Related Issues in FY20 Appropriations

Current Cosigners (8)Pallone, Speier, Schiff, Cicilline, McGovern, Eshoo, Napolitano, Lee

Deadline: COB March 22

Dear Colleague:

In the wake of the Republic of Armenia’s remarkable and unprecedented Velvet Revolution, we invite you to sign a letter in support of strengthening the US-Armenian partnership and bolstering the country’s civil society and democratic institutions.

The below requests for Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) in the FY20 State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs appropriations bill hold particular importance right now after the country’s most free, fair, and open election took
place in December. Without a doubt, a meaningful increase in FY20 technical assistance to Armenia for important priorities – including for freedom of the press, judicial independence, anti-corruption, and civil society purposes – will have an exponentially
positive impact on the country’s budding democratic institutions.

It is for this reason that we request continued US assistance for Armenia, for demining and other priorities in Artsakh, for at-risk minorities in the Middle East, and for other foreign aid-related priorities. Specifically, the letter requests:

  • $60 million for economic governance, and rule of law assistance to Armenia through State Department and USAID accounts.
  • $10 million for military aid for Armenia through Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and International Military and Education Training (IMET) programs.
  • $20 million for Armenia to be a regional “safe haven” for refugees.
  • $6 million for Artsakh demining, rehabilitation programs, and water supply systems.
  • $4 million for implementation of the Royc-Engel peace proposals, including placement of OSCE-monitored, advanced gunfire locator systems.
  • That the State Department and USAID lift any official or unofficial restrictions on U.S. travel, communication, or contacts with Artsakh government officials.
  • The suspension of U.S. military aid for Azerbaijan until it has been verified to have ceased all attacks against Armenia and Artsakh.

To sign onto this letter, please contact James Johnson with Rep. Pallone’s office at James.Johnson@mail.house.gov or 202-225-4671.

Sincerely,

Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr.

Co-Chair

Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues