Azerbaijan’s territory is under illegal occupation - Los Angeles Times
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 18
By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:
The "Hoy Los Angeles" weekly, which is the Spanish-language edition of "Los Angeles Times", published on November 17, 2014 an article on Azerbaijan. It should be mentioned that with a weekly circulation of over one million, "Hoy Los Angeles" is one of the largest Spanish-language newspapers in the United States, the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles told Trend.
Authored by Reynaldo Mena, one of the most renowned journalists in Los Angeles, the article highlights the author's first visit to Azerbaijan, during which he participated at the International Humanitarian Forum held in Baku in October 2014.
Noting the discussions held on a range of important issues at the Forum, including the challenges posed by the digital media, the author stresses the productivity of exchanges of opinion on this matter.
"The digital journalism today should stay away from simplistic tendencies like generating more clicks and traffic, and rather focus on creating more vigilant and intelligent societies," Mena said. "The author notes in this regard that the efforts by the Government of President Ilham Aliyev to promote this agenda deserve much appreciation."
Mena also writes that since achieving its independence Azerbaijan has become a model country for the global economy, and elevated itself to the level of developed countries with its social investments and modernization.
Highlighting some recent anti-Azerbaijani activities by the Armenian lobby in California, the author notes with concern the illegal occupation of Azerbaijan's lands by Armenians, and mentions that the international law recognizes Azerbaijan's sovereign right to its own territory.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.