Aug 2 2011

The head of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh has welcomed
a decision by a US Congress panel not to allocate aid to Karabakh
next year.

Bayram Safarov, chairman of the Azerbaijani Community of the
Nagorno-Karabakh Region of the Republic of Azerbaijan, described as
"positive" the failure of the House Appropriations Subcommittee
on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs to include the
separatist Nagorno-Karabakh regime among its recipients of foreign
aid in 2012.

"They already know in the United States that the financial resources
allocated in previous years were spent not on civilians, but on
strengthening separatism and hostility," Safarov told the website of
the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, according to APA.

He said the international community understood that Armenian policy
did not serve peace and described the US House panel's decision not to
allocate financial aid as a serious blow to the Armenian authorities
and Nagorno-Karabakh separatists.

"US officials used to say that the resources allocated to
Nagorno-Karabakh were humanitarian, but no one made a report on the
spending of these resources. It allowed the separatist regime to spend
millions of dollars for its own purposes. If it is humanitarian aid,
it should be allocated, first of all, to the people expelled from
their homes in Nagorno-Karabakh. I hope the next stages will also be
successful and, despite Armenian attempts, the US Congress will not
allocate financial aid to the Nagorno Karabakh separatists."

The subcommittee's decision is not the final stage in the process of
allocating US government aid. The full US House of Representatives
Appropriations Committee is to vote on the foreign aid bill for 2012
on 3 August.

Last year, the US House Appropriations Committee approved $10m in
aid to Karabakh for 2011.

While Nagorno-Karabakh remains legally part of Azerbaijan, it has
declared its independence and is occupied by Armenian forces. The
self-declared republic remains unrecognized.

The Azerbaijani Community was displaced from Karabakh during the war,
which ended in 1994, and remains based in Baku.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress