USA: Armenians protest border tensions with Azerbaijan in Los Angeles

A group of about 3,000 Armenians protested in front of Azerbaijan's consulate in Los Angeles on Tuesday against what they perceived as Azerbaijani aggression towards Armenians in the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh. «We're here today outside the Azerbaijani Consul General in downtown Los Angeles and the Armenian community here is gathered today to protest against Azerbaijan's aggression towards Armenia that we've seen in recent weeks,» said Alex Galitsky, the communications director for the Armenian National Committee of America. «I'm here just in solidarity with the Armenian community. California has a long and important relationship with Armenia and I'm here just to reassure my friends that we stand with you, we want peace and we certainly don't want this unprovoked aggression on a peaceful people,» said California State Senator Anthony J. Portantino. Last week, Azerbaijani forces reportedly crossed into one of Armenia's northern provinces killing four Azerbaijani soldiers and injuring several others in clashes. Since the late 1980s, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been involved in a territorial conflict over control of the enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, a landlocked region of southwestern Azerbaijan mostly populated by ethnic Armenians. The dispute escalated into inter-ethnic clashes and ultimately a full-scale war in 1988 before a peace treaty was signed in 1994. Since then, there have been sporadic clashes between the two nations at the border.

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