Armenian leaders in the U.S. are calling on the federal government to cease military aid to Azerbaijan until it stops harassing Christians and destroying Christian sites in areas under its control. The persecution was supposed to have ended, the leaders say, with a 2020 ceasefire in a conflict between the two states.
From generation to generation the killing continues — a history of bloodshed for the Armenian people that is not over yet. From the genocide at the hands of the Ottomans more than 100 years ago to new warfare and displacements in Nagorno-Karabakh, successive generations of Armenians in the semi-autonomous region located on the western borders of Azerbaijan have been suffering pain and death inflicted by their neighbors.
Every year, on April 24, Armenians honor as many as 1.5 million ethnic Armenians who were killed by Ottoman Turk soldiers between 1915 and 1923 during the breakup of the Ottoman Empire.
Members of the Armenian community in Brooklyn criticize a recent ceasefire agreement between Armenia and neighboring Azerbaijan in a decades-old dispute over the mountainous region called Nagorno-Karabakh. They said the deal brokered by Russia lets Azeris keep control over land they seized when fighting resumed n late September. They also worry that unresolved issues might cause warfare to start up again.
The formal recognition that Turkey committed genocide against the Armenian people during the last years of the Ottoman Empire is important because it could pave the way for reparations, according to Vera Yacoubian, director of the Armenian National Committee of the Middle East Office.