Senators Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Thursday introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution condemning Azerbaijan for its blockade of the Lachin Corridor and urging the US to take immediate steps to end the ongoing humanitarian crisis, reported the Armenian Assembly of America.
The resolution was also introduced in the US House of Representatives by Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ).
“Azerbaijan’s blockade of the Lachin Corridor—the only road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) to Armenia—is inhumane and unacceptable,” said Senator Padilla. “This blockade has created a humanitarian crisis, rendering the 120,000 Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh without access to food, medicine, and other basic necessities. Our resolution would make it clear that the United States must take action to hold Azerbaijan accountable.”
“I stand with my colleagues today in condemning Azerbaijan’s ongoing blockade of Artsakh. It’s clear that Azerbaijan’s blockage of the Lachin Corridor is coordinated and intended to shut off the only supply route for much of Artsakh’s food, medical supplies and transport, and other essential goods,” said Congressman Pallone. “We stand united in telling Azerbaijan to end this intentional humanitarian crisis.”