Letter: Azerbaijani writer calls on U.N. for justice for her home country


To the editor:

As a result of Armenian aggression, Armenia occupies more than 17 percent of Azerbaijani territory. Zangelan was the last district to be occupied by Armenians on October 29, 1993. As a result of Armenian attack, the provincial capital, Zangelan, along with 83 villages constituting 700 square kilometers were occupied, expelling more than 35,000 people. Hundreds were killed while thousands fled across the Araz river becoming a part of one-million person refugee camp of Azerbaijan.

On November 12, 1993, the U.N. Security Council adopted the fourth resolution, 884, calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Armenian forces, allowing the return of Azerbaijani refugees and reaffirming the stance of the international community, which condemned Armenian aggression with three prior resolutions — 822, 853 and 874.

As a member of Azerbaijani-American community, I urge you and the U.S. government to be proactive in exerting pressure on Armenia to take a constructive stance, force it to comply with U.N. resolutions, withdraw from internationally recognized Azerbaijani territories and allow return of Azerbaijani refugees to their homes.

Yana Mel,




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