Nalbandian: Racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance grossly violate human dignity and give rise to tensions within and between societies. That is why the fight against them became one of the main priorities of our chairmanship.
by Marianna Mkrtchyan
Azerbaijan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has commented on the resolution adopted by the Los Angeles City Council recognizing Nagorno Karabakh as an independent state, APA reports. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Elman Abdullayev said the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles will hand a letter of protest to the City Council over the issue.
"It is absurd. Because, the position of the U.S is clear. The U.S. doesn't recognize the republic named "Nagorno Karabakh" and supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. Guided by this, member of the Highland City Council Jodi Scott strongly condemned it and underlined the importance of taking steps in accordance with the official position of the U.S." Abdullayev said. He said that the Armenian lobby "is using primitive methods and making the Los Angeles City Council adopt such a resolution."
Los Angeles City Council unanimously recognized the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent and sovereign state. The resolution, submitted and adopted on 10 September 2013, notes that the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh contributes to the stability in the region of Caucasus conducting free and fair elections. The resolution was officially submitted to the NKR resident representative to Washington last week. At the same time an appeal is made to the international community to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh Republic as a free, independent and sovereign state. The author of the resolution is Los Angeles Council member of Armenian nationality Paul Grigorian.