Unfortunately, the situation in Bosnia has tended to overshadow events in Azerbaijan. However, it is now widely accepted that Armenia, with the Armenian-funded Russian 7th Army, has occupied 10 per cent of Azerbaijan. In the process, 130,000 refugees have been displaced and hundreds of soldiers killed.
What is not so widely known is that Azerbaijan has no real army, and the soldiers being massacred are young conscripts of 18 or 19 with virtually no military training.
The people of Azerbaijan are some of the most peace-loving and friendly I have ever met. Even in their present circumstances, they tolerate Russians and Armenians at all levels of their society. I came across no instances of prejudice against non-Azeris.
C. R. PILKINGTON
Horsham, West Sussex
20 AprilReuse content