LOS ANGELES (Today)-The Azerbaijani Consul General in Los Angeles Elin Suleymanov last week filed a complaint with the Wilshire Ebell demanding that the theater prevent the Armenian community from using its venue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Artsakh Liberation Movement.
The event, which is scheduled for May 9, is the grand finale celebration for a series of commemorative lectures and exhibits entitled "Artsakh is Armenia."
The vice consuls letter referred to the Artsakh movement as the "illegal occupation of Azerbaijani territory," which resulted in "ethnic cleansing conducted by Armenia."
"I cannot imagine Azerbaijan ever welcoming a celebration of an event as painful to Americans as the beginning of this unresolved conflict is for the Azerbaijanis," he said. "Moreover, celebrating ethnic cleansing and violence against civilians is hardly compatible with the Wilshire Ebell’s history and reputation."
The community wide celebration in commemoration of Artsakh’s independence is being organized under auspices of the Central Committee of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation of Western USA. 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.