Trump silence on Nagorno-Karabakh may lose him votes among Armenians

U.S. President Donald Trump's silence on a reignited conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh may end up losing him support among the American Armenian community, The Hill said on Sunday.

Groups representing Armenians in the United States, who number about 1.5 million, have called on Trump and the U.S. Congress to condemn Azerbaijan for the weeks-long fighting in the enclave, which is run by ethnic Armenians but located within Azerbaijan’s borders. 

They are further outraged by Turkish support for Azerbaijan and the U.S. president's unwillingness to condemn it, The Hill said.

Last week, thousands of Armenian-Americans gathered outside the White House to protest Trump's indifference on the matter.

“Even a single tweet from Trump calling for peace - and we’re not even talking about standing by or with Armenia at this point - talking about a call for peace, as simple as that. And even that is not happening,” The Hill cited Arsen Kharatyan, one of the organisers of the protest, as saying.

On Sunday, a crowd of about 20,000 people gathered in front of the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles to condemn Azerbaijan and Turkey’s role in hostilities against Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh, according to Daily News.

On Sept. 29, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden issued a statement saying Trump should call the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to insist on a ceasefire and condemned Turkish interference. 

“We have yet to see that from President Trump and that’s certainly something that many Armenians around the country are taking notice of,” The Hill cited Aram Hamparian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), as saying. 

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