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Text of the Freedom Support Amendment Act of 1994

This bill was introduced on June 21, 1994, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jun 21, 1994 (Introduced).

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HR 4617 IH

103d CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4617

To amend the Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Support Act of 1992 to repeal the restriction on assistance to Azerbaijan.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 21, 1994

Mr. PENNY introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


A BILL

To amend the Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Support Act of 1992 to repeal the restriction on assistance to Azerbaijan.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Freedom Support Amendment Act of 1994’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    The Congress finds that--

      (1) since 1991, tens of thousands of ethnic Armenians and Azeris have died as a result of a conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which had been a part of Azerbaijan since 1923;

      (2) the United Nations estimates that there are currently over 1,000,000 refugees in Azerbaijan;

      (3) 85 percent of the people of Azerbaijan currently live in poverty;

      (4) ethnic Armenian forces currently control the Nagorno-Karabakh region, as well as 25 percent of Azerbaijan;

      (5) Armenia is currently preventing trade from reaching Nakhichevan, a part of Azerbaijan which is separated from the rest of the country by Armenian territory;

      (6) in 1993, the United Nations Security Council condemned offensive military action by ethnic Armenian forces outside of the Nagorno-Karabakh region through Resolutions 822, 853, 874, and 884;

      (7) in 1992, the Congress passed the Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Support Act of 1992 to provide assistance to the independent states of the former Soviet Union;

      (8) section 907 of such Act prohibits all United States assistance, including humanitarian and medical assistance, to the Government of Azerbaijan because that Government had cut off trade and taken other offensive uses of force against ethnic Armenians in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the early 1990s; and

      (9) since the passage of such Act, the military and humanitarian situation in Armenia and Azerbaijan has changed considerably and aggressive activities are no longer limited to one side or the other in this conflict.

SEC. 3. REPEAL OF RESTRICTION ON ASSISTANCE TO AZERBAIJAN.

    (a) REPEAL- Section 907 of the Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Support Act of 1992 (22 U.S.C. 5812 note; relating to the restriction on assistance to Azerbaijan) is hereby repealed.

    (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- The table of contents in section 2 of such Act is amended by striking the item relating to section 907.