Azerbaijan Threatens Fresno County

Fresno County

FRESNO—The Fresno County Board of  Supervisors became the newest target of Azerbaijan’s wrath after the local body passed a resolution recognizing the self-determination of the people of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and its independence last month.

The Fresno Bee reported Tuesday that Azerbaijan has officially written to the Board of Supervisors urging the body to rescind the April 23 resolution.

Fresno County became the first County in California to officially recognize the independence of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (Artsakh). On April 23, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution sponsored by Supervisor Andreas Borgeas that officially recognizes the Nagorno Karabakh Republic – a region historically and ethnically Armenian situated between Armenia and Azerbaijan – and also calls upon the California Legislature to grant official recognition.

The Permanent Representative of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in the United States, Robert Avetisyan, commented at the time that “[w]e are grateful for [this] initiative, and hope that the adoption of this Resolution will set a deeper cooperation towards stability, as well as democratic and economic prosperity in our region.”  The Consul General of the Republic of Armenia in Los Angeles, Grigor Hovhannisian, commented that “[e]very step toward the recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is a step toward peace and friendly relations in the South Caucasus. I whole-heartedly welcome recognition efforts by community and elected officials, as a continuation of friendly relations and solidarity between the people of the Republic of Artsakh, the Republic of Armenia and Fresno, California.”

“This fuels fighting between the communities,” Azerbaijani Deputy Consul General Ramil Gurbanov, who is based in Los Angeles, told The Fresno Bee on Monday. It doesn’t help achieve “a diplomatic and peaceful solution in the region.”

“We stand with our Armenian friends, both in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh … We will not be muscled by a well-funded lobbying effort by the Azerbaijanis,” said Borgeas told the Fresno Bee, indicating that the Board of Supervisors will not budge from its earlier decision.

Following the passage of the resolution on April 23 Borgeas said, “I am thrilled to stand beside our Armenian friends – here, in Armenia and Artsakh – and hope Sacramento will also officially recognize the independence of NKR. While Fresno County is the first County in California to pass such a resolution, my goal is for this initiative to help inspire more recognition efforts throughout the state, country and eventually Washington, D.C.”

“[T]his resolution by the Fresno County Board of Supervisors is timely, appropriate and significant,” William Bairamian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee – Western Region commented at the time. State legislatures in Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts have already passed similar resolutions.


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  1. bayrakiniyakan said:

    funny Azerbaijan , fake history and nice looking army for movies and parades , [ essheg ] diplomacy !!

  2. GB said:

    “Ali off” can cut his long oily nose and shaft into his expensive a** h***!!

  3. Satenik said:

    Aliyev thinks that he can bully everyone. I am glad that they are still honourable people who will not sell their soul for money!

  4. HArutuyn said:

    Petrol dollars is not always the cure of all lies and rest assure for azerbejan that the other counties and citys and states and countries fill follow and every dog got its day azerbejan you should know better that we as the people of the freeworld will rise with pride we the people of the free world will blossom again the change is here and change will stay with us, my god bless us all for the change and may god bless the free world amen to that, today is the day that we as human will celebrate the birth of a new independence Kharabagh and we ask every one in the world to bring snacks and fruit juice to the table and lets all take a moment and pray to God for this blessed day.

  5. Kevork said:

    It’s only a matter of time before King Lizard Sultan Aliyev gives a public speech and claims Fresno was historically part of the Kalifornia Khanate of Ancient Azerbaijan and has a right to launch rockets at civilian airplanes there.

    • Hagopian hagopian said:

      What do you mean, the Turks claimed N. & S. America as native Turks to crosse the Bearing Strait led by one of asena’s (the female wollf who copulated with a lost turkish boy and raised the children as her own) sons who ventured east and into what is N & S America.
      You forgot a few years ago the azeri consul of LA played a flute w a bunch of native Americans and then claimed they were decendants of the azeris.

  6. Vindicated Man said:

    Indeed, it’s time that territories and countries started to recognize Artsakh. This is the only way forward. The Minsk group doesn’t seem to be helpful, owing to the stubborn position of one country. I hope that Fresno’s decision will find support all across the board, in CA, nationally, and worldwide.

  7. john Ahmaranian said:

    Of course he will threaten. But this time not Stepanakert Airport, but Fresno Airport!
    He will come here on Sindabad rug! Before this statement, Alyev must have consumed some
    glasses of oil or wine. In both cases, he is lunatic.

    Fresno? Does he know where is Fresno?

  8. Raffi Bairamian said:

    Criminal aliyev go to hell with yr people , Artsakh is a Blessed Armenian Land and God Bless its People , coninue yr stupid losing game , we don’t care , Never forget that WE ARE A WINNING NATION .

  9. Aram said:

    Could we celebrate the decision by the Fresno City Council without being vicious and…..unArmenain?
    Please my compatriots!!!!!!!!

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