WAIVING POINTS OF ORDER AGAINST CONFERENCE REPORT ON H.R. 3057, FOREIGN OPERATIONS, EXPORT FINANCING, AND RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2006 -- (House of Representatives - November 04, 2005)
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Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I rise to express my strong support for the fiscal year 2006 foreign operations conference report, which provides further foreign assistance to the Republic of Armenia, including $75 million in economic assistance. I would like to thank the House Appropriations Committee for its continued support of both Armenia and resolving the humanitarian situation in Nagorna-Karabakh.
Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chairman Kolbe and Ranking Democrat Nita Lowey realize how important these funds are to Armenia and Nagorna-Karabakh, and I would like to thank them for their continued support.
I would also like to thank my friend and co-chair of the Armenian Caucus, the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Knollenberg), for his key support as a member of the subcommittee.
Mr. Speaker, it is very important that this House continue to recognize the plight of the victims of the Nagorna-Karabakh conflict. The conference committee included $3 million in humanitarian assistance to Nagorna-Karabakh. While the United States does not officially recognize the State of Nagorna-Karabakh, this assistance shows that the United States supports Nagorna-Karabakh as an Armenian enclave that needs our continued help.
It is also important to point out that the conference report maintains military assistance parity between Armenia and Azerbaijan, providing $5 million allocated to each country. By allocating equal levels of military and security assistance to both nations, the U.S. Government will preserve its credibility as an impartial and leading mediator in the continuing sensitive peace negotiations for the Nagorna-Karabakh conflict. Given the ongoing Azerbaijani blockades and threats to renew military aggression against Armenia and Karabakh, it is critically important that the administration continue to promote balanced short- and long-term policies that elevate regional cooperation and reduce the risk of conflict in the south Caucasus region.
Again, let me thank the members of the Appropriations Committee for their continued support for Armenia.
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