Anar Mammadov, the head of the Azerbaijan-America Alliance, praised the continuous exertion of efforts made by Azerbaijani living in the US in highlighting the Nargo-Karabakh issue. The conflict, which has been the subject of a longstanding, intense political dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia, has claimed the lives of many innocent civilians in the last few decades.
One of the main tasks set by the Azerbaijan American Alliance is to bring the Khojaly Genocide and its realities to the attention of all strategic objects in Washington.
Anar Mammadov said in an interview that he is grateful to the Azerbaijani Americans for bringing to the light of American politics, injustice towards civilians. “Over the last few years,they have done a great job in bringing to the fore the injustice and effects of the war,” said Mr Anar Mammadov.
In 1992, 613 civilians, including 106 women and 83 children were reportedly killed by the Armenian forces in the conflict. This became the largest massacre in the course of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and was popularly known as the ‘Khojaly Massacre’.
Although a ceasefire agreement was signed, followed by peace negotiations in 1994,Armenia has violated ceasefire numerous times. People of Azerbaijani origin in the United States have been holding various demonstrations and discussions to bring this to the notice of the US government.
“We cannot afford to forget the ethnic cleansing. And we can’t let it repeat,” stated Anar Mammadov, while talking about the incident.
In 1988, when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan, a conflict between the two South Caucasus countries erupted. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992, 20 percent of Azerbaijan was occupied, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and seven surrounding districts.The 1994 Ceasefire Agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Despite the agreement, Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.Communities and groups like the Azerbaijani Center of the Midwest of America,and the Azerbaijan New York Association have held events to highlight the massacre and bring it to the notice of the US legislators.