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LA County Board to Consider Motion Co-Introduced By Supervisor Barger Condemning Azerbaijan/Armenia Conflict

Published on Sunday, September 25, 2022 | 4:40 am
Kathryn Barger

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will consider a motion Tuesday that would condemn the country of Azerbaijan for the flare-up of military conflict with its neighbor, Armenia.

Introduced by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn, the motion would direct the board to send a letter to U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and members of the House Armenian Caucus thanking them for their support and recent visit to Armenia.

It would also call for a letter to be sent to Rep. Adam Schiff, D- Burbank, and the entire Los Angeles County congressional delegation supporting House Resolution 1351, which asks President Joe Biden to end all assistance to Azerbaijan, expresses American support for Armenia, provides humanitarian aid for Armenia and people in Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh and calls for an immediate ceasefire.

A series of clashes erupted along the Azerbaijan-Armenia border earlier this month, resulting in at least 200 deaths. A ceasefire was reportedly reached soon after, but both sides quickly accused the other of breaking the pact.

The conflict follows a 2020 Azerbaijani military offensive to retake the Nagorno-Karabakh region, a disputed, ethnically Armenian territory within Azerbaijan that operates as its own breakaway state, with support from Armenia, called the Republic of Artsakh. In the most recent fighting, Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of attacking not only Armenians inside the disputed territory, but within Armenia’s borders.

The Board of Supervisors previously passed a motion condemning the 2020 Azerbaijani invasion into the Nagorno-Karabakh/Artsakh region. That resolution was also introduced by Barger and Hahn.

Los Angeles County is home to the largest number of Armenians living outside of Armenia. In 2011, the American Community Survey estimated that there were 214,628 Armenians living in L.A. County.

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