Azerbaijani screenwriter writes open letter to US congressmen

Azerbaijani screenwriter writes open letter to US congressmen
# 26 February 2013 12:14 (UTC +04:00)

Baku – APA. Screenwriter Ramiz Fataliyev has written an open letter to the US congressmen on Khojaly genocide.

APA reports that in his “facebook” page Ramiz Fataliyev wrote that even if it is absolutely without prospects and utopian, he brings to the attention of the US congressmen this historical event.

Ramiz Fataliyev writes: “I have been elected as chairman of the parliamentary inquiry commission established to investigate Khojaly happenings. The commission’s members almost carried out investigation without interruption for 250 days and submitted its results to MPs. I have detailed information about this issue. However, I am not going to announce information, facts and numbers, which will shock honest people. Simply, I will remember the main points. On the night of 25-26 February, thousands of Khojaly residents were expelled from their lands and captured and brutally killed by Armenian military units and motorized rifle regiment of Russia. According to official information, 613 people were killed on that day. But I’m sure that at least 700 people were killed, because 155 people went missing. But I don’t deviate from the official protocol and give their number as 613.”

Ramiz Fataliyev says many people love American films.

“Yesterday we watched the presentation of the Academy Awards. I also watched it. Suddenly, I remembered an old American film. I do not want to name the film or actors, I want to brief the story. Two white men torture a schoolchild of African origin, throw her off the bridge. But she survives. The girl’s father finds those men and kills them. He can be punished severely. The schoolgirl’s lawyer is a white man. The jury and the judge are also white people. This is a real barrier. The lawyer seriously prepares for the case, studies all details. But also understands that he will fail to overcome the real barrier. That’s why the lawyer takes a step that is not considered correct in the legal practice. His speech focuses on his client’s moral condition and the influence of the girl’s suffering on her future life. Addressing the jury he says “Imagine that he is a white man”. After that the jury supports the decision on acquittal. Most of the congressmen have already understood what I want to say. I have worked in the film industry all my life and know the difference between the real life and films. The innocent people killed in Khojaly and other victims are in our hearts for a quarter of the century. I couldn’t help writing this letter. Now just imagine that these 613 people are Americans…” the letter says.

Nagorno Garabagh

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