March 1 2011

Washington. Isabel Levine - APA. The Azerbaijani Diaspora in the US
has addressed three questions and requires to the Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton who will speak on March 1st at the House Foreign
Affairs Committee (HFAC) on the subject of "Assessing U.S. Foreign
Policy Priorities and Needs Amidst Economic Challenges", APA's
Washington DC correspondent reports.

Secretary Clinton also will testify before the Senate Committee on
Foreign Relations at open hearing on "National Security & Foreign
Policy Priorities in The FY2012 International Affairs Budget".

Diaspora calls on the US Administration to take into consideration
the widely reported Armenia's arms transfer to Iran, which found their
way to Iraqi insurgents and used against the US troops serving in Iraq.

"Under pressure from the Armenian special interest since 1998, the
Congress has been allocating direct aid to the Armenia-occupied
Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, leading to protests and
denunciations from Baku of this practice. No other country in the world
provides aid to the Armenia-occupied NK", reminds the Azerbaijani
Diaspora. "Everyone in the world supports the territorial integrity
and sovereignty of Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani-Americans are strongly
opposed to this direct aid which helps Armenia sustain its illegal
military occupation of Azerbaijan".

The question is what can be done to stop this irritation of an
important US ally such as Azerbaijan, especially in the current
economic climate when we can't afford to spend money helping military
junta's such as Nagorno-Karabakh Armenians as much as we can't do lose
allies? "Specifically, can USAID disburse the already allocated money
to the Azerbaijani displaced from the NK region?" asks the Diaspora.

The next question to the Secretary from the Azeri Diaspora is why
were not sanctions applied against Armenia after she transferred
weapons to Iran which resulted in the killing of one U.S. serviceman
(Matthew Straughter) and wounding of 3 more American soldiers?

Therefore, Azerbaijani-Americans urge the US government to absolutely
zero direct aid to the Armenia-occupied Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) region
of Azerbaijan and reduce all aid to Armenia, which despite getting
billions in US aid has been doing worse and worse every year in
every aspect, from democracy and human rights to compliance with
international and US laws.

Also, the Diaspora requires to sustain current and past
Administration's aid requests for FMF, IMET, economic, technical,
humanitarian and democracy aid to Azerbaijan; as well as remove the
discriminatory Section 907 of Freedom Support Act of 1992.

From: A. Papazian