MIAMI, FL – Earlier this month, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and Boynton Beach Mayor Steven Grant joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other mayors from across the United States in signing a bi-partisan letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on the U.S. to recognize the free and democratic Republic of Artsakh (formerly Nagorno-Karabakh Republic), and to condemn Azerbaijan military attacks on Artsakh and Armenia.
“As proud representatives of Armenian American communities across our country, we share their deep concerns about the violence being inflicted upon Artsakh, the growing number of civilian casualties, and the involvement of regional actors like Turkey and Iran,” the October 9, 2020 letter states. The mayors raised the “credible reports of Turkey paying Syrian mercenaries to fight in Artsakh as well as American-made F-16s sold to Turkey flying in Armenian airspace,” with the Secretary.
The letter also calls on the Secretary of State to “publicly support H.Res.1165, a bipartisan resolution introduced by Reps. Jackie Speier, Adam Schiff, and the Congressional Armenian Caucus that condemns Azerbaijan’s attack on Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh) and denounces Turkey’s participation and escalation of this offensive.”
The letter is significant for three reasons. 1) The letter clearly refers to Nagorno-Karabakh by its proper Armenian name, Artsakh, on two occasions, hence the signatories recognize the Armenian state’s existence which Azerbaijan denies. 2) The signatories to the letter condemn Azerbaijan for launching another war in the South Caucasus and denounce Turkey’s role in the latest provocation, an important step as some try to draw a false equivalency between Azerbaijan (the attacker) and Armenia. 3) The mayors also acknowledge the historical fact of the Armenian Genocide, the first time that a Miami mayor has ever done so. Boynton Beach first acknowledged the Armenian Genocide back in 2017.
“It was wonderful to work with Armenian American community leaders in South Florida and across the country over the last few weeks to help bring local governments forward to stand with the people of Artsakh and Armenia as they defend their ancestral homeland from Azerbaijani and Turkish terrorism,” stated FLArmenians.com Editor Taniel Koushakjian. “Thank you Mayor Suarez and Mayor Grant for your local leadership here in South Florida,” Koushakjian said.
A copy of the letter is below.
Disclaimer: This event is not sponsored by any South Florida Armenian American community organizations. All donations made to help the people of Armenia and Artsakh, by order of the Diaspora Commissioner, should be directed to ArmeniaFund.org or himnadram.org.
ORLANDO, FL – Members of the public are invited to join the Armenian American community of Central Florida on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 12:00pm noon to protest Turkish and Azerbaijani aggression.
The protest comes in response to a week long assault by Azerbaijan’s and Turkey’s military on America’s democratic ally Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) in the South Caucasus.
The protest will begin at 12:00pm Noon at Lake Eola Park, 566 East Robinson St., Orlando, Florida 32803 at the temple structure (pictured). At 12:30pm, protestors will march from Downtown Lake Eola Park temple to the office of the Orange County Mayor, 201 South Rosalind Ave., Orlando, Florida 32801.
CDC social-distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced. Masks are required. For more information please contact Mike Hunanyan at (407) 913-0098.