More than 30 U.S. Representatives joined House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) in introducing new legislation, led by the Congressional Armenian Caucus leaders, calling on Azerbaijan to immediately release Armenian prisoners of war and captured civilians, illegally kept hostages.
The final part of the resolution says:
“The House of Representatives
- Calls on Azerbaijan to immediately release all Armenian prisoners of war and captive civilians;
- Urges the US State Department to work with Azerbaijan at all levels, including within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, to demonstrate its commitment to fulfilling its obligations under the November 9 Declaration of International Law on the Immediate Release of Captive Civilian Prisoners of War.”
According to Bilirakis, the move by Azerbaijan to detain Armenian prisoners of war months after the war is a clear violation of the Geneva Convention and International Law.