- The True Victims of War
- Gasimzade - A Plea to Future
- Maresca - Repeal of 907 - Presidential
- Taghiyev - Education for Girls
- Essential for Humankind
charge against Azerbaijan for its so-called 'blockade against
Armenia' is a very skillful Armenian subterfuge that has served
them well, especially among uninformed Americans. Obviously,
severance of communications and transport connections is an inevitable
result of any military conflict between two countries. There
has never been, nor will there ever be, a single state in the
world that willfully provides an aggressive neighbor with energy
to enable it to continue its expansionist plans. Imagine Nazi
Germany complaining that the Soviet Union had cut off its energy
supplies. How absurd!"
Counselor of the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the United
Nations in December 1998.
A Plea to Future Architects
have only one request of the architects who will direct and shape
the architecture of Baku in the future. My hope is that they
will take care not to lose the unique spirit of Baku, not to
spoil the scale of our streets and not to destroy these city
blocks that we have grown up to love so much."
Azerbaijan's City Architect in the Mayor's office for the past
nine years and Vice President of the Architects' Union.
Repeal of 907 - Presidential
907, passed in 1992, bans U.S. aid to the government of Azerbaijan.
It was then, and still is, grossly unfair, since it is based
on the incorrect assumption that Azerbaijan has been conducting
'offensive uses of force' in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Such
denial of aid also goes against the American tradition of alleviating
suffering to all victims of any conflict. This U.S. legislation
undoubtedly contributes to the prolongation of the conflict and
907 must either be repealed by Congress or waived by the President
as soon as possible. This is an opportunity for wise Presidential
leadership and should be seized upon as soon as possible for
the benefit of all the peoples of the Caucasus."
John J. Maresca, former U.S.
Ambassador and Mediator of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict (1992),
at a conference on U.S.-Azerbaijan relations sponsored by the
U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. on October
2, 1998. Ambassador Maresca is currently the Vice-President for
International Relations of Unocal Corporation.
True Victims of War
Section 907 [of the Freedom Support Act] means to Azerbaijan
is that we are the only country among the 15 Republics of the
former Soviet Union which is being deprived of direct U.S. assistance.
For instance, the Armenian government gets approximately $100
million each year from the United States. Our government receives
want to know why the Armenian lobby is so influential. What is
the U.S. Congress afraid of? Is this lobby stronger than justice
or truth or even elementary logic? Is it more important than
future gigantic joint projects between Azerbaijan and the United
consider the consequences of this war between Armenia and Azerbaijan,
it is obvious that Azerbaijan, not Armenia, is the victim of
this war. Nearly
20 percent of our land, not theirs, is being occupied by foreign troops.
Six of our regions, not theirs, outside of Nagorno-Karabakh are
under occupation. Nearly
one million of our people, not theirs, live as refugees.
And our historical heritage, our buildings,
our homes, our schools, our mosques, our cemeteries and the graves
of our ancestors, not theirs, are the ones being destroyed by
Ilham Aliyev, Executive Vice President
of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan in Washington, D.C., speaking
at a luncheon at the Washington Institute for Near Eastern Policy
on November 17, 1998.
From Azerbaijan International (6.4) Winter 1998.
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