Arizona Senate: Karabakh is an Azerbaijani Territory

Arizona State Senate, the highest legislative body of the U.S. State of Arizona, adopted on May 30, 2013 a resolution “recognizing and supporting the strategic partnership” between the United States and Azerbaijan.

Adopted unanimously, the resolution recognizes Karabakh as part of Azerbaijan and stresses that Azerbaijan's sovereignty and territorial integrity is recognized and supported by the U.S. and United Nations.

It also notes that the first secular democratic republic in the Muslim world – Azerbaijan Democratic Republic - was established in 1918, which “was among the first nation-states granting right to vote to women and was recognized by other democratic nations, including the United States of America."

The resolution mentions that having restored its independence in 1991, “over the last twenty-two years, Azerbaijan has consolidated its sovereignty and independence and has become one of the fastest developing countries in the region and beyond.” It further says that the “election of Azerbaijan to the nonpermanent seat on the United Nations Security Council in October 2011 is a testament to the growing role and increased capabilities of this nation in maintaining peace and security in the wider Middle East.”

Speaking of the U.S.-Azerbaijan relations, the resolution notes that both countries “have developed a strong strategic partnership based on shared values, interests and vision” and “Azerbaijan is a staunch ally of the United States in the critically important Caspian region.”

The resolution also stresses that “Azerbaijan was one of the first countries to render unconditional assistance to the United States after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, opening its airspace and airports for use by coalition troops in Afghanistan and sending its officers and soldiers to serve there shoulder‑to‑shoulder with American troops.”

“Possessing vast oil and gas resources, Azerbaijan contributes to the energy security of the United States and European nations and is a critical element of the "Southern Corridor," which will further enhance diversification of energy supplies to our European allies,” the document notes.

It also mentions that “Azerbaijan has a long-standing tradition of peaceful coexistence between various ethnic and religious communities and is one of the few secular countries in the Middle East with a predominately Muslim population that maintains close, friendly ties with Israel.”

The resolution concludes by stressing that “it is critical for the United States to further strengthen relations with its allies such as Azerbaijan to advance our common interests, both now and in the future.”

This is the first-ever resolution on Azerbaijan adopted by the Arizona legislature.

The video of the adoption of the resolution can be viewed here:

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