Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) are main a bi-partisan name on the State Division to droop export licenses for U.S. drone know-how to Turkey, pending an official investigation into the destabilizing function of Turkey’s drone applications within the Caucasus, South Asia, the Japanese Mediterranean, and across the globe.
On Friday, Representatives Cicilline and Bilirakis urged U.S. Home members to hitch them in cosigning a letter calling on Secretary of State Antony Blinken to situation a report on the broader ramifications of Turkey’s drone trade; whether or not they embrace U.S. applied sciences that violate presently imposed sanctions; and whether or not Turkey’s actions represent one more violation of NATO guidelines and bylaws.
“Over the past 12 months, Turkish drones have been deployed by Azerbaijan in opposition to Armenian civilians in Artsakh, Syria; in opposition to Kurdish forces which have partnered with the U.S. within the battle in opposition to ISIS; and in Libya’s civil battle,” states the letter which cites battlefield proof from Artsakh confirming using U.S. know-how in Turkey’s Bayrakdar drones deployed by Azerbaijan in opposition to Armenians.
The total textual content of the Congressional Letter is offered under:
The Hellenic American Management Affiliation (HALC), American Associates of Kurdistan, Hindu American Basis, In Protection of Christians, Center East Discussion board, and Armenian Nationwide Committee of America (ANCA) are main a rising coalition of U.S. teams supporting the trouble.
Hellenic American Management Council Government Director Endy Zemenides famous, “Turkey drone program has undermined America’s pursuits, values and strategic companions. Now we’ve indications that it additionally violates American legislation. We be a part of Representatives Cicilline and Bilirakis in asking Secretary Blinken to research this matter.”
ANCA Government Director Aram Hamparian famous, “U.S.-sourced drone elements – like these found in Turkish UAVs deployed by Azerbaijan final 12 months to kill Armenians in Artsakh – mustn’t ever be turned in opposition to America’s allies or harmless civilians. We be a part of with Reps. Cicilline and Bilirakis in urgently demanding a complete State Division investigation into whether or not the switch of those American elements represents violations of U.S. legal guidelines or sanctions.”
American Associates of Kurdistan’s Co-Founder Diliman Abdulkader defined, “American Associates of Kurdistan calls on the Biden administration to carry Turkey accountable for its utilization of unmanned aerial automobiles (UAV). The Turkish authorities below the Erdogan regime has indiscriminately used drones past its sovereign territory, threatening our most necessary allies and companions within the area. Simply final month, Turkey killed three Kurdish civilians in Makhmur refugee camp within the Kurdistan Area. The Turkish regime has but to be held accountable. Turkey can now not get away with human rights violations just because it’s a NATO ally. American Associates of Kurdistan applauds the members of Congress who are usually not solely paying shut consideration to this essential matter however calling for motion.”
American Hindu Basis Director of Public Coverage Taniel Koushakjian famous, “Turkey’s more and more destabilizing function, from North Africa, to the Center East, to the South Caucasus, and to South Asia, poses a transparent and direct menace to the U.S., our pursuits, and to our allies and strategic companions like India, the most important democracy on this planet. Turkish-Pakistani-Russian joint manufacturing of fight UAVs ought to alarm democracies around the globe, and with the current drone strikes in Kashmir the final two weeks, the addition of Turkish fight UAVs mixed with Pakistan’s present jihadi floor forces poses an actual menace and could be a poisonous combine for America’s ally India.”
In Protection of Christians (IDC) Government Director, Richard Ghazal commented, “Ankara continues to abuse its standing as a NATO ally, inflicting international destabilization, by way of its undeterred procurement of the Russian S-400 weapon system, and its growth, deployment, and proliferation of offensive drone methods—all within the face of US-imposed CAATSA sanctions. We be a part of Representatives Cicilline and Bilirakis in requesting an instantaneous State Division inquiry into Turkey’s more and more brazen actions which threaten US pursuits and worldwide safety.”
Center East Discussion board Washington Mission Director Cliff Smith acknowledged, “Underneath President Erdogan, Turkey has more and more change into an ally-in-name-only, utilizing their NATO membership as a protect to blunt criticism, greater than appearing like a real ally. Whereas the invoice of indictment in opposition to Turkey is lengthy, it is a good step at demonstrating their dangerous conduct won’t go unnoticed, and isn’t price free.”