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KARABAKH BACKLASH: The lobbying firm Mercury Public Affairs, which has an office in the U.K. but is mainly spread throughout the U.S., has cut ties with the Turkish government following a pressure campaign by Armenian-American activists in the United States, reports my American colleague Theodoric Meyer.
The activists protested outside the lobby firm’s offices in Washington and Los Angeles and urged Mercury’s clients to cut ties if it did not bow to pressure.
Since the frozen Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Yerevan and Baku reignited last month, Armenian-American activists have worked to deprive Azerbaijan and its main backer Turkey of what Aram Hamparian, executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, described as some of their most potent weapons: their Washington lobbyists.
“A lot of people have bought a lot of summer homes and fishing boats and put their grandkids through college by lying about Armenia and covering up for Azerbaijan,” he said.
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