U.S. Senators request funds for demining in Artsakh

15:30, Wednesday, 30 June, 2021
U.S. Senators request funds for demining in Artsakh

The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) welcomed a bipartisan letter, led by Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Todd Young (R-IN), calling for funds to support demining in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh).
     The letter, which was addressed to the Senate Appropriations Committee, requests $2 million for Conventional Weapons Destruction programs, in order to rectify the heavy damages to Artsakh following the 44-day war last Fall launched by Azerbaijan, with the full and open support of Turkey.
     The letter states in part: "The recent conflict in Nagorno Karabakh resulted in enormous levels of contamination by cluster munitions, rockets, and other explosive ordnance. These hazards are still present near homes, and litter farms and streets – presenting a grave humanitarian risk. Further, the removal of explosives is critical to continuing to rebuild infrastructure decimated during the conflict."
     More than 30 senators joined the call․

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