We are asking Governor Chris Sununu, who is currently serving his third term as the governor of New Hampshire, to divest his family’s interest in Anglo-Asian Mining. Anglo-Asian is profiteering from the dangerous deal that Russia and Turkey brokered on November 9, 2020. After 44 days of unprecedented attacks on the Artsakh Republic, the indigenous Armenian lands (Artsakh is Armenian) were subjugated by Azerbaijan giving rise to more than 100,000 refugees and causing the deaths of over 5,000 people.
Governor Sununu’s Father, John H. Sununu, is the former governor of New Hampshire and has had other numerous political and commercial business affiliations of influence, has a 9 percent stake in Anglo-Asian Mining worth $16 million. Additionally, Governor Sununu’s brother Michael Sununu was recently appointed as a Non-Executive Director to this company. This involvement enables the Sununus to profiteer from this human rights catastrophe.
With Azerbaijan in control of most of Artsakh, Anglo-Asian Mining has rights to mine in the region. Not only did the stock price of Anglo-Asian go up after the deal was announced, Anglo-Asian Mining released a statement welcoming the “liberation” of the Kovsakan, a mineral-rich area in the Kashatagh region. Anglo-Asian Mining released the following statement:
“The company welcomes these developments and is in close contact with the Government of Azerbaijan regarding co-operation on the future development of the Zangilan [Kashatagh] district,” announced Anglo Asian. “However, the timeline for any investigation and commercial exploitation of Vejnaly [Kovsakan]is unknown as it depends, inter alia, upon safe access to the Zangilan [Kashatagh]district and security of the contract area. However, once secure, the company plans to immediately start work at Vejnaly [Kovsakan].”
The “liberation” of these “occupied territories” over the course of 44 days in reality was the annihilation of the indigenous Armenians of Artsakh, creating a refugee crisis and thousands of deaths.
The so-called “liberation” of the Kashatagh and other regions is the next phase of genocide of Armenians confirmed by recent public statements by Presidents of Turkey and Azerbaijan Recep Tayip Erdogan and Ilham Aliyev. These genocidal authoritarian regimes have publicly stated their plans to annihilate Armenians and centuries old churches, monuments and cultural heritage sites, eradicating all signs of Armenians from their millennia old homeland.
It is dishonorable and appalling that the Sununus are profiteering from genocide.
Take these three steps today to ask Governor Sununu and his family to divest from Anglo-Asian Mining Plc.