WASHINGTON: SPEECH OF HON. JUDY CHU OF CALIFORNIA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014
US Official News
March 6, 2014 Thursday
The Library of Congress, The Government of USA has issued the
Ms. CHU. Mr. Speaker, twenty-six years ago, the Nagorno Karabakh
Autonomous Region of Azerbaijan petitioned to become part of Armenia.
Their desire to determine their own future was met with brutal force
and violence that was tragically reminiscent to events preceding the
For the next two years, the Armenian population was the target of
racially motivated pogroms. Hundreds were murdered, many more were
wounded, and the Armenian community still grapples with the scars
from the horrific attacks in Sumgait, Kirovabad, and Baku.
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On February 20, 1988, Nagorno Karabakh began its national liberation
movement with a resolution to secede from Azerbaijan, and on December
10, 1991, Nagorno Karabakh officially declared independence, becoming
a democratic state committed to freedom and respect for human rights.
But today, the people of Nagorno Karabakh are still forced to live
under the constant threat of violence from Azerbaijan.
As we commemorate the somber anniversary of the beginnings of their
struggle, we wish for the peaceful resolution of this conflict and
the right of the Nagorno Karabakh people to determine their own future.
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