Pelosi and other US lawmakers visit Armenia as ceasefire takes effect : NPR


In this photo released by the Armenian National Assembly via Photolure Photo Agency, Armenian National Assembly leader Alen Simonyan, right, greets U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi upon her arrival at the international airport in Armenia outside Yerevan, Armenia on Saturday, September 17. 2022.

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In this photo released by the Armenian National Assembly via Photolure Photo Agency, Armenian National Assembly leader Alen Simonyan, right, greets U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi upon her arrival at the international airport in Armenia outside Yerevan, Armenia on Saturday, September 17. 2022.

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YEREVAN, Armenia — A U.S. Congressional delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived in Armenia on Saturday, where a ceasefire has been in effect for three days after an outbreak of fighting with neighboring Azerbaijan left more than 200 soldiers on both sides.

The US Embassy said the visit will include a meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

On Friday, Pelosi told reporters in Berlin that the trip “is all about human rights and respect for the dignity and worth of every person.”

Other members of the US delegation include Representative Frank Pallone, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Congresswomen Jackie Speier and Anna Eshoo.

A ceasefire came into effect on Wednesday evening after two days of heavy fighting that marked the biggest outbreak of hostilities in nearly two years.

Armenia and Azerbaijan swapped responsibility for the bombing, with Armenian authorities accusing Baku of unprovoked aggression and Azerbaijani officials claiming their country was responding to Armenian attacks.

Pashinyan said at least 135 Armenian soldiers were killed in the fighting. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry said on Friday it had lost 77.

The two ex-Soviet countries are locked in a decades-old conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, which is part of Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since the end of a separatist war. In 1994.

In a six-week war in 2020, Azerbaijan reclaimed large swathes of Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent territories held by Armenian forces. More than 6,700 people died in the fighting, which ended with a Russian-brokered peace deal. Moscow has deployed around 2,000 troops to the region to serve as peacekeepers.


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