The lawmaker said Azerbaijan and Turkey have been waging war on Artsakh, bombarding civilians, churches, and committing war crimes in the past month.
"More than 800 soldiers have been killed repelling Azerbaijan’s attacks, and dozens of civilians are dead. Estimates are that more than half of the civilian population of Artsakh has been displaced, sleeping in cars or open fields away from falling bombs, as winter approaches," Schiff said.
the Karabakh army has already reported 927 deaths.
"I am formally calling for U.S. recognition of the Independent Republic of Artsakh."
"We cannot allow history to repeat itself. If Azerbaijan and Turkey have determined to wage war, the United States, the Minsk Group, and the International Community should make clear that they will not succeed in their aims. Aliyev and Erdogan must be made to understand that if they continue with this war, there will be consequences. The United States will not stand idly by.
"I stand with Armenia. I stand with Artsakh."
Azerbaijan, with help from Turkey and Syrian and Libyan mercenaries deployed by Ankara, started a war against Karabakh (Artsakh) in the morning of September 27. The Armenian side has reported deaths and injuries both among the civilian population and the military. Foreign and local journalists too have been injured in Azeri shelling of towns and villages.