House Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2015 State and Foreign Operations Bill excluding assistance to Nagorno-Karabakh from the text of the bill

On June 24, 2014 the House Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill on a voice vote. According to the press release of the committee, the bill totals $48.3 billion in both regular discretionary and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding. This total is $708 million below the fiscal year 2014 enacted level and $277 million below President Obama’s request for these programs. Within this amount, OCO is funded at $5.9 billion and will support operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, as well as stabilization and humanitarian efforts in areas of conflict around the globe.

This year the Committee also revised the language of the text of the annual State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill by removing the reference to “assistance to victims of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.” In 2013, the language of the bill for fiscal year 2014 in relation to Nagorno-Karabakh was changed from “assistance to Nagorno-Karabakh” to “assistance to the victims of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”

This is the first time in many years that the House Appropriations Committee revised the language. U.S. Azeris Network (USAN) welcomes the unbiased and just approach of the members of the Committee in regards to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and considers the adoption of such a language timely.

USAN calls for just and peaceful settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, restoration of territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in compliance with the international law and expresses hope for soonest return of Azerbaijani IDPs to their ancestral lands.