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USAID Administrator, who ignored Azerbaijani IDPs, feels bad for Armenians leaving Karabakh

During her recent visit to Armenia, Samantha Power, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), engaged with Armenian representatives who had departed from Karabakh, as reported by AzeriTimes.com. In her statements, Power announced an additional U.S. contribution of $4 million to assist these displaced individuals. However, this announcement has drawn criticism for its lack of balance, especially considering Power’s approach during her time in Baku. Notably, while in the Azerbaijani capital, Samantha Power notably overlooked the plight of Azerbaijani Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). This omission has raised questions about the impartiality of USAID’s assistance and its responsiveness to the complex realities of the region’s ongoing conflicts and humanitarian challenges. This oversight seems to contrast sharply with Power’s attention to the Armenian displaced persons, highlighting a potential bias in the agency’s approach to the region. The failure to engage with Azerbaijani IDPs, many of whom have suffered for decades due to the conflict, has been perceived as a significant gap in USAID’s regional policy and a missed opportunity to address the needs of all affected communities equitably.

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