WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the days leading up to Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev’s visit to Washington D.C. for an international nuclear summit this week, more than 50 US Representatives have joined with leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in calling upon US President Barack Obama to leverage this visit to pressure the Azerbaijan leader to stop obstructing the implementation of the life-saving Royce-Engel peace proposals for Nagorno-Karabakh, reported the Armenian National Committee of America.
The letter, authored by Chairman Ed Royce and Representative Brad Sherman, a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, builds upon an earlier Congressional letter, sent to the State Department last December, in support of three practical peacekeeping measures, known collectively as the Royce-Engel proposals:
— An agreement from all sides not to deploy snipers, heavy arms, or new weaponry along the line of contact.
— The placement of OSCE-monitored, advanced gunfire-locator systems and sound-ranging equipment to determine the source of attacks along the line of contact.
— The deployment of additional OSCE observers along the line of contact to better monitor cease-fire violations.
The list of Congress members who have signed this letter is available here.