BAKU: Event On Self-Proclaimed Republic’s Anniversary Held In USCong

EVENT ON SELF-PROCLAIMED REPUBLIC’S ANNIVERSARY HELD IN US CONGRESS

AzerNews, Azerbaijan
Oct 6 2005

An event dedicated to the 14th ‘anniversary’ of the self-proclaimed
Upper Garabagh republic was held at the US House of Representatives
building in Washington last Wednesday, Radio Liberty reported.

Pro-Armenian Congressmen spoke at the meeting attended by Vice-speaker
of the British House of Lords, Baroness Caroline Cox.

Commenting on the matter, a source from the US embassy in Baku said
that the United States supports Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity
and does not recognize the self-proclaimed republic.

The Azeri Foreign Ministry said that the event does not reflect the
official position of the USA. Deputy foreign minister Khalaf Khalafov
said that the meeting took place in the Congress premises leased by
pro-Armenian Congressmen. “However, the ministry negatively assesses
the event and considers it an attempt of propaganda and assistance
to separatism.”

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