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    Black January in Azerbaijan

    by Former Representative Daniel B. Maffei

    Posted on 2013-01-23

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    MAFFEI of new york in the house of representatives Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Mr. MAFFEI. Mr. Speaker, I rise to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the events that marked the beginning of the end of Soviet rule over our ally Azerbaijan, an occupation that existed for much of the 20th Century.

    This time period is referred to in Azerbaijan as ``Black January,'' when violence erupted in Azerbaijan's capital city of Baku on January 19th and 20th, 1990. During the conflict, Soviet troops killed over 100 nationalist demonstrators and wounded another 700 Azeri citizens demanding freedom. Azerbaijan eventually declared its independence from the U.S.S.R. on October 18, 1991.

    I ask the House of Representatives to join me in commemorating--with our ally, Azerbaijan--the events of Black January in 1990, events which began in tragedy but culminated in the birth of an independent nation and ally of the United States.

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