Not the Only Victim
Regarding the report "Washington Feud: Azerbaijan's Riches
in Oil vs. Grievances of Armenian Lobby" (March 3) in the
International Herald Tribune:
Although admirable in its analysis of the current situation,
the article omits two key facts about the conflict between Armenia
and Azerbaijan. First, Armenia has control of approximately 20
percent of Azerbaijan's territory outside of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Second, this occupation has displaced approximately 1 million
Azerbaijanis and created one of the worst per capita refugee
crises in the world. As part of an arts organization called American
Voices, which is involved in cultural exchange, we recently performed
for refugee children in Baku and Sumgayit. There we witnessed
both the remarkable dignity and the appalling conditions of people
who have been living in tents and railroad cars for more than
Yes, there is an Azerbaijani blockade, but the toll being inflicted
upon Azerbaijan's refugees is one of the world's forgotten tragedies.
The Azerbaijanis are ready to resolve this conflict, and the
displaced desperately want to return home. It is in Armenia's
best interest to begin serious negotiations and to stop its posturing
as the only victim in this conflict.
(8.1) Spring 2000.
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