Preserve the U.S.-Azerbaijan relationship

07/10/2014 4:07 PM

07/11/2014 8:23 AM

Re "Legislature should stay out of Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict." (Viewpoints, July 5): As an Azerbaijani-American, I am proud of the relationship between my country of origin and my country of residence, but now I have to question that blind faith. Azerbaijan has always been a friend and reliable ally of the U.S., jumping to assist in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and providing valuable oil and energy interests.

Now, one of the few friends America has in the Middle East is being insulted by California resolution AJR32. AJR32 ignores the many atrocities implemented by the Armenian army against Azerbaijanis in the course of the military occupation of Azerbaijan's lands, including the 1992 Khojaly Massacre, a war crime that Human Rights Watch called the largest atrocity of the conflict: 613 Azerbaijani civilians, including 106 women and 63 children, were butchered by Armenian forces.

I encourage more people to treat our friendship with Azerbaijan with more respect.

-- Ruslan Aliyev, Long Beach

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