Lifts Restrictions on Assistance to Azerbaijan
January 30, 2002
On January 25, 2002, President Bush waived Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support
Act for 2002, thereby lifting restrictions on United States Government Assistance
to the Government of Azerbaijan.
President Bush and his Administration worked closely with both the Senate and
the House of Representatives, with members of the Armenian American community,
and with the Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia to develop a waiver that is
effective, fair, and balanced.
The waiver clears the way for the United States to deepen its cooperation with
Azerbaijan in fighting terrorism and in impeding the movement of terrorists
into the South Caucasus. The waiver will also provide a foundation to deepen
security cooperation with Armenia on a common anti-terrorist agenda.
The President's exercise of this waiver authority marks an important step toward
advancing a new web of U.S. security relationships with both Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The Administration will build upon these developing ties to deter resumed hostilities
between Azerbaijan and Armenia, to foster reconciliation between the two countries,
and to advance a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.