USAN PRESS RELEASE

August 4, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

USAN Contact: YesWeCan[at]USAzeris.org

Letter of congratulations from the U.S. Azeris Network (USAN)
to President Barack Obama on his 48th birthday

Washington, D.C. — The Board of Directors of the U.S. Azeris Network (USAN) has sent a letter of congratulations to President Barack Obama today on the occasion of his 48th birthday (enclosed below and available for download and printing here).

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August 4, 2009

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C., 205000

Dear Mr. President:

On your 48th birthday, we, the Azerbaijani-Americans and Board Directors of the U.S. Azeris Network (USAN), wish you the strong health of our Azerbaijani ancestors in the Caucasus mountains, wisdom and vision of our Turkic forefathers, audacity and spirit of our esteemed national poets Nizami, Nasimi and Fuzuli, and of course, great happiness and joy to your family. As devoted family men and women, who cherish traditions and values, we are proud to see the same from our First Family.

We wish all this to you because we hope and believe that you can support our key aspiration — the liberation of all occupied Azerbaijani lands through the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity. We believe that one of our most important objectives as a community of people tracing their heritage to the land of Azerbaijan is to educate our government and lawmakers to assist in enhancement of the bilateral ties between Azerbaijan and the United States. Azerbaijani-Americans support the long-term strategic allied relations between the United States and Azerbaijan, and we fully encourage the development of bilateral cooperation between America and all Turkic nations. Hence, we welcome your positive steps in resolving the NK conflict, and offer you our full support, hoping that by this time next year we will be even closer to our goal.

Mr. President, we recognize that the challenges our nation faces are very serious. Likewise, we realize the complexities of the South Caucasus region and the challenges faced by our ancestral homeland. We, as stakeholder representatives, are committed to doing our part to make the peace, reconciliation and normalization a reality. We stand ready to work with you to accomplish this goal. Once again, happy birthday, Mr. President, and let’s work together to resolve this major impediment to peace and prosperity in that part of the world.

Sincerely,

Adil Baguirov, Ph.D.
Managing Director
Bedir Memmedli, CPA
Treasurer and Director
Yusif Babanly, MBA
Secretary and Director
Jayhun Mollazade, Ph.D.
Director, Eastern Region
Bob Guney, M.D.
Director, Western Region
Nigar Gasimova, M.D.
Director, Southern Region
Azer Tebrizli, Ph.D.
Director, Northern Region
Mehriban Afandiyeva
Director, Eastern Region

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The U.S. Azeris Network (USAN) <http://www.usazeris.org/> is a registered non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian genuine grassroots advocacy and voter education network that is facilitating political activism and efforts by the Azerbaijani-Americans and other Turkic-Americans and their associations, organizations, councils, conferences, and other formal, semi-formal and informal groups, on federal, state and local levels. USAN is the first nationwide grassroots organization uniting Azerbaijani-Americans, being created by the grassroots, for the grassroots.

USAN PR#8-2-2009