Nagorno-Karabakh: US Lawmakers Call for End of Azerbaijan's Blockade

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The Facts

  • A group of US Congressional lawmakers called on Azerbaijan to end the blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh as the area remains cut off from critical supplies for a 53rd day. Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) joined protestors at the Capitol on Thursday urging the US to hold Azerbaijan accountable.

  • Azerbaijan and neighboring Amenia are in a dispute over a four-mile road, called the Lachin Corridor, which connects the two countries in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Azeri protesters have been allegedly blocking the road since mid-December, threatening food supplies to the 120K people in the region.

The Spin

Narrative A

The international community is right to condemn Azerbaijan’s cruel blockade. Starting from Since Dec. 12, 2022, Azerbaijan’s government began this operation designed to deprive the 120K Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh of food, gas, and medicine. This is a tragic abuse of human rights, and Azerbaijan’s blockade must end immediately.

Narrative B

Armenia is manipulating the emotions of the world trying to represent a legitimate and peaceful environmental protest as somehow an "inhumane blockade." On Feb.1 alone, over 1,200 cars passed through the Lachin corridor in both directions. This issue is being misrepresented to the world and US lawmakers.

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