Azeri Press Responds to New ‘US Drawn Map’ Labeling Karabagh as ‘Arguable Territory’

(Azg)–A new US-drawn map–which reportedly labels Karabagh as "arguable territory," has caused a stir in two Baku newspapers who responded to the issue in their latest editions.

In an article titled "Azerbaijan without Karabagh?" Zerkalo claims that the map was drawn by the ‘US National Geographic Center.’ Other states which also bear the label "arguable territory," according to the paper–are the West bank of the Jordan River–Northern Cyprus–Abkhazia–and Southern Ossetia.

Zerkalo also reports that Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry has urged its embassy in Washington to inquire about the motivation behind not labeling Karabagh as an Azeri region.

Another Baku newspaper–Yeni Zaman–alleges that after Armenia–Karabagh is second in line receiving direct aid from the US. According to the paper–American annual aid to Karabagh will amount to $3 million by 2005.

The paper also refers to a 1970s CIA top-secret document which "considered Karabagh a historic Armenian territory–and highlights the fact that "Karabagh was a semi-independent unit for centuries and was ruled by Armenian rulers even in times when other Armenian regions were under Turkish and Persian yoke."

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