Azerbaijan Ambassador to the U.S. Yashar Aliyev voiced a protest against the event associated with the self-proclaimed separatist regime of “Nagorno-Karabakh Republic”, a representative of Azerbaijani Embassy in Washington told Trend.
Protesting against the event, hosted September 13 in Washington by the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues in cooperation with the Armenian Embassy and a number of Armenian-American organizations, Yashar Aliyev sent a letter on September 11 to all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The letter lists the facts of Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan, occupation of Azerbaijani territories, forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis as a result of this occupation, as well as the establishment by Armenia of an illegal regime in the occupied Azerbaijani territories that is not recognized by any country in the world.
At the same time, the letter notes that the event organizers aimed to divert the attention of members of Congress and the American public from the fact of the continuing occupation of Azerbaijani territories, and thereby to consolidate the results of the occupation.
In view of this, the ambassador urged lawmakers not to participate in the event, intended against the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, which is a strategic partner of the United States.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group – Russia, France, and the U.S. – are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council’s four resolutions on the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and its surrounding regions.