Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Azerbaijani-Americans welcome the Mexican Congress resolution on Karabakh conflict

Chamber of Deputies
Azerbaijani-American Council (AAC) and Azerbaijan Society of America (ASA) join all Azerbaijani-Americans in expression of gratitude to the parliamentarians and to the people of Mexico for the resolution "Relative to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan" adopted at the 36th session of the Chamber of Deputies (lower house) of the Congress of Mexico on December 8, 2011.

The resolution introduced by Deputy Marcos Pérez Esquer in the Commission on Foreign Relations condemns the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and other territories of Azerbaijan and recognizes the suffering of Azerbaijani people, including those who perished during the 1992 Khojaly genocide. Furthermore, the Chamber of Deputies requested Federal government to instruct Mexico's representative at the United Nations to facilitate activities urging the government of Armenia to comply with resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council. The resolution of Mexican legislature also appeals to the Republic of Armenia to cease all hostilities against Azerbaijani civilians, to immediately withdraw its forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan and to refrain from any hostile acts that undermine regional security.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Nineteen years since the occupation of Shusha, peace in the Caucasus is out of reach

LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK - On this day, 19 years ago, Armenian armed forces occupied the city of Shusha, a predominantly Azerbaijani-populated town in the Mountainous Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

Established in the 18th century by Panah-Ali Khan Javanshir Ziyadoglu as a capital of the independent Karabakh khanate, Shusha became a cradle of Azerbaijani Turkic culture, literature and, especially, music. In 1870s, master Sadigjan developed the first Azeri tar (lute) in Shusha. City's rich musical tradition also greatly influenced Uzeyir Hajibeyov, the patriarch of Azerbaijani classical music and opera, first of its kind in the Muslim world. Many other prominent  figures, including Bül-Bül (founder of Azerbaijani opera vocal); Jabbar Garyaghdy oglu (Azerbaijani Mugham Art virtuoso); singer Rashid Behbudov; composers Ashraf Abbasov, Suleyman Alasgarov, Fikret Amirov, Farhad Badalbeyli, Seyid and Khan Shushinski; writers Abdurrehim bey Hagverdiyev, Mirmohsum Navvab, Najaf bey Vezirov; 19-th century poetess Khurshudbanu Natavan; and one of the prominent public figures of Turkish Republic, Ahmet Agaoglu, also originated from Shusha.