Aydinov is wrong

Published: Sunday, Jul. 6, 2014 - 10:07 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 7, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Re "Legislature should stay out of Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict" (Viewpoints, July 5): Elnur Aydinov's July 5 article suggesting California refrain from opining on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is missing a key fact: oil-rich and oil-corrupt Azerbaijan is going state to state lobbying for resolutions declaring that Armenia was the conflict's aggressor, Armenians committed atrocities against civilians and Azerbaijan's recent presidential election was free, fair and transparent. All of these statements are false.

Azerbaijan has set up funneling mechanisms in the United States to put thousand of dollars in state legislators' pockets and has arranged for them to lavish junkets to Azerbaijan. Strangely enough, when these legislators return, resolutions get introduced, almost always failing miserably.

Another missing key fact: last year the California Senate hosted a dinner for Azeri parliamentarians where Karabagh was discussed. California has a right to do what is right. Aydinov is wrong.

-- Nelsene DeRanian, Fresno

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