U.S. Must Act - Lift Section 907 of Freedom Support Act
"The U.S. must immediately assume a more consistent and pro-active policy [in the Caspian Basin]. If we don't act soon, we may be too late. . . The countries of the South Caucasus and Central Asia-Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are at a crossroads in their history.
They are newly independent. They are at the juncture of many of today's major world forces. They are rich in natural resources. And they are looking to the United States for support. The stakes there for the United States are enormous."
Sam Brownback, U.S Senator (Kansas), addressing the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Economic Policy, Export and Trade Promotion on October 23, 1997. Brownback has introduced The Silk Road Strategy Act of 1997, [Senate Bill 1344], which would boost U.S. ties with the Caspian Sea region and not restrict aid to Azerbaijan.
From Azerbaijan International (6.2) Summer 1998.
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