A U.S. Senate vote on President Joe Biden’s choice for Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, is expected next week, after senators failed to reach an agreement to vote on Thursday or Friday on the nomination.
During the confirmation hearings, Antony Blinken reiterated the Biden-Harris’s campaign pledge to “recognize the Armenian Genocide,” and also expressed the importance of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) peace process in response to questions posed by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA).
Responding to Senator Markey’s inquiry, Blinken reiterated Biden’s pledge to recognize the Armenian Genocide. “As a presidential candidate, President Biden pledged in his Remembrance Day statement to support a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide. Our Administration will be committed to prioritizing human rights and ensuring such a tragedy is not repeated. The Administration will determine the wording for the White House statement to mark Remembrance Day once in office and will consult with Congress on this important issue.”
Blinken also stated that the Administration will “reinvigorate U.S. engagement to find a permanent settlement to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that protects the security of Nagorno-Karabakh.” Indicating that the Administration “will review” U.S. security assistance to Azerbaijan.
Blinken also committed to work to ensure that the humanitarian needs of the Armenian people – due to the war – are met, and underscored his strong support for “U.S. funding for demining efforts in Nagorno-Karabakh,” which was phased out under the previous Administration.
Additionally, Blinken indicated his support for the “provision to Armenia of security assistance and aid to strengthen democratic governance and promote economic growth, both of which will help to strengthen Armenia’s security and resilience.”