Curt Hagman
California lawmakers turn attention from state to Caucasus region

State lawmakers Monday briefly turned their attention from California to the Caucasus region as an Assembly panel approved a measure touching on a long-standing geopolitical feud between Armenia and Azerbaijan. At issue is Nagorno-Karabakh, a semiautonomous territory within Azerbaijan's borders but populated mainly by ethnic Armenians. A resolution by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) expresses support for Nagorno-Karabakh's independence — a departure from U.S. foreign policy, which considers the region to be part of Azerbaijan. For decades, the two countries have disputed the region, and international negotiations have stalled. Gatto, speaking before the Assembly...