Aug. 23-31 is marked in Azerbaijan as a week of tragic events. In 1988, Armenian nationalists in Armenia started a mass exodus of ethnic Azeris from their homes. By mid-1993, Armenian forces advanced on the heartland Azerbaijan. Despite condemnation by U.N. Security Council Resolutions 822 and 853, Armenian forces continued their assault on three districts of Fizuli, Jabrayil and Gubadly, occupying territory of combined 3,238 miles and expelling 157,000 Azerbaijani civilians.
The U.N. SC passed its third resolution, 874, condemning Armenian conquests, reaffirming Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and demanding withdrawal of Armenian forces from these districts.
— Jamila Scheve
Anchorage Daily News