Pelosi, in Armenia, condemns Azerbaijan’s ‘illegal’ attacks as cease-fire holds

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in a visit to Armenia, accused Azerbaijan of “illegal and deadly" attacks that led to clashes along the border, saying “we strongly condemn those attacks.”

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Pelosi said it was clear the attacks were initiated by Azerbaijan and must stop — and that the United States should use its influence and leverage to show support for Armenia, according to Reuters.

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Pelosi this weekend traveled with a congressional delegation to Armenia, where a fragile cease

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fire has temporarily halted border fighting with neighboring Azerbaijan that killed more than 200 soldiers in recent days.

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Pelosi, saying President Biden was a strong supporter of Armenia, said from Yerevan that “we’ll work together on what the next steps may be" to address the flare-up of violence.

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What we’d like to see right away is a cease-fire and a recognition of how this all came to be in the last week.”

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“The democracy in Armenia is a value to the world, a joy to the world,” Pelosi said. “We have to enlarge the issue though... What does security in Armenia mean to regional and global security?

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What does democracy in Armenia mean to end the fight between democracy and autocracy which is going on in the world now? In both cases, it means a great deal.”

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Her office said that she is the highest ranking U.S. official to visit the country since its independence in 1991 from the former Soviet Union. Pelosi told reporters in Berlin

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that the visit “is all about human rights and respecting the dignity and worth of every person,” according to the Associated Press.

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On Saturday, Pelosi tweeted she was heading to Armenia to “highlight the strong commitment of the United States to security,

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economic prosperity and democratic governance in Armenia and the Caucasus region.”

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Other members of the U.S. delegation include U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., (D-N.J.) chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; U.S. Rep

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Jackie Speier (D.-Calif.), who is of Armenian descent; and Anna G. Eshoo, also a Democratic representative of California, who is of Armenian Assyrian descent.

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