AZERBAIJANI MP: LAW ON UNAUTHORISED VISIT TO NAGORNO-KARABAKH NEEDED

Trend
June 29 2012
Azerbaijan

During a meeting of the Azerbaijani parliament on Friday, MP Ganira
Pashayeva proposed a law on those who make unauthorised trips to
Nagorno-Karabakh.

"In recent years, parliamentarians, politicians, representatives of
business circles of different countries pay illegal visits to the
occupied territories of Azerbaijan, including Nagorno-Karabakh,"
she said at the meeting.

She said that during the summer session of PACE in connection with
the conflict with the French deputy arose.

"He, violating the international law, without the permission of the
Azerbaijani side, has paid an illegal visit to the Nagorno-Karabakh.

Of course, we spoke about it," she added.

The MP said the so-called 'elections' will be again held in a short
time in the occupied territories.

"Therefore, we must once again bring to the attention of ambassadors,
permanent representatives of foreign countries, that every foreigner
who visits the occupied territories of Azerbaijan without obtaining
permission of Baku, will be declared in our country persona non grata,"
Pashayev said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988
when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian
armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992,
including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The
co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France and the U.S. -
are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four
resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the
surrounding regions.