Azerbaijan Protests State Dept. over LA Karabakh Liberation Celebration

BAKU (Trend)-Azerbaijan has issued a formal protest to the US State Department in connection to the Los Angeles Wilshire Ebell Theatre’s May 2 hosting of a 20th Anniversary celebration of the Karabakh Movement, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov told journalists in Baku on Tuesday.
According to Azimov, official Baku also registered its objection to the venue’s hosting of the event with the US Embassy in Azerbaijan.
The community wide celebration in commemoration of Karabakh’s independence is being organized under auspices of the Central Committee of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation of Western US. It began with a literary evening on April 6 and was followed by a two-day photo/art exhibit on April 18-19. The final event, entitled "Shushi Film Festival," is scheduled for May 9 at the Glendale Public Library.
"Washington’s position on Nagorno-Karabakh was expressed in the official statement of the State Department," Jonathan Henik, head of Public Relations Department at the US Embassy in Azerbaijan, told Trend News.
"The US State Department again states that it does not recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent state, but will continue its activities intended for the peaceful settlement of the conflict," Henik said. He added that the theatre holding the event is a non-state entity.
Earlier this month, The Azerbaijani Consul General in Los Angeles Elin Suleymanov filed a complaint with Philip Miller, the chief manager of The Wilshire demanding that the theater prevent the Armenian community from using its venue to celebrate the 20th anniversary.

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