United States, Washington / Trend corr M. Afandiyeva / The representatives of the Azerbaijani diaspora in the United States will hold an authorized demonstration in front of the Armenian Embassy in Washington on 8 May due to the 15th anniversary of the occupation of Azerbaijani Shusha City.
The event is planned by the Azerbaijani diaspora demanding that Armenia vacate the Azerbaijani territories. The organizers of the demonstration have informed the local media and police of the occasion.
The conflict between two South Caucasus countries broke out in 1988 due to territorial claims of Armenia to Azerbaijan. Since 1992, 20% of Azerbaijani territories (Nagorno-Karabakh and 7 nearby regions), have been under the occupation of the Armenian Armed Forces. In May, 1994 the sides signed a ceasefire. Peace talks are still being held under the auspices of the Minsk Group of the OSCE chaired by Russia, France and the United States.
The demonstrations of the Azerbaijani diaspora in the United States are held several times a year. The Azerbaijani Society of Washington organized a protest rally in February 2007 dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the genocide of Azerbaijani people in the village of Khojaly. The representatives of the diaspora, as well as the Iranian Azerbaijanis gathered on the DuPont Circle backed by the representatives of the Turkish diaspora.
Washington is not the only city where Azerbaijanis have organized such events in memory of the occupation of Shusha. A conference organized by the World Congress of Azerbaijanis, the Organization for Azerbaijan-France Cultural Relationships, the House of Azerbaijan in Strasbourg, and the Society of Azerbaijani Students, was held in Strasbourg on 5 May.