USA, Washington, January 27 / Trend , N.Bogdanova /
US Congressman John Shadegg send a letter to all members of Congress on January 26th, saying "Don't forget Azerbaijan", Trend Washington correspondent reported.
Letter says that at the same time most of Congressmen have been heartened by the recent signing of protocols on normalization of relations between Turkey and Armenia it is important that the United States not forget the vital interests of Azerbaijan, one of US "strong allies in the region".
In his letter, Shadegg reminded that armed conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan resulted in several hundred thousand Azeris becoming internally displaced, and about 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including Nagoro-Karabakh, coming under Armenian occupation.
"The success of the Armenia-Turkish negotiations should not result in the Armenia-Azerbaijan negotiations being relegated to the diplomatic back burner", the letter says.
Shadegg noted that Azerbaijan has supported US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and its vast gas resources show promise for diversification of Western Europe's energy needs.
"It is vital that the US not take Azerbaijan for granted in its diplomatic initiatives toward Turkey, Armenia and the entire Caucasus region", says the letter.