Senator Robert Menendez Calls on U.S. Government to Press Azerbaijan for Releasing Armenian POWs

During the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) confirmation hearing on Thursday, April 15, 2021, of Ambassador Victoria Nuland to serve as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, SFRC Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) raised key issues relating to the Armenian people, including the Armenian prisoners of war still unjustly held captive by Azerbaijan and the need for robust humanitarian assistance, ARMENPRESS reports the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) informed.

Referring to the 44-day war launched by Azerbaijan, with the full and open support of Turkey, against the Armenian people in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) on September 27, 2020 as an “unspeakable tragedy” and the “inexcusable” absence of top-level United States diplomacy throughout the war, Chairman Menendez stated that the “U.S. must press Azerbaijan to release the prisoners of war members that it has – which [Azerbaijan] is refusing to release them – in violation of international law.”