Baku urges not to visit occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region without permit of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan has urged representatives of the international media not to visit country’s occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region without permit of the Foreign Ministry.

Otherwise, Baku will not be able to ensure safety of those wishing to visit territories that are currently under control of the Armenian armed units.

Country’s Foreign Ministry takes into account the interest of foreign media in the situation on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, as well as their professional duties and calls on them to comply with Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Thus, everyone who wants to cover the situation in the front-line area and in the occupied territories must first apply to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry. Applications for accreditation should be sent in electronic form using the ministry’s website.

Moreover, the damage caused by the actions of the Armenian armed units to the civilian Azerbaijani population and objects along the line of contact should be covered in order to ensure objectivity, to avoid unilateral approach and to inform the international community correctly.

Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry also recommended foreign media to be careful to misinformation, false information and provocative messages spread by the Armenian side.

Yerevan is trying to divert attention from the political and legal responsibility for the tension that has arisen on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian troops as a result of provocative actions of the Armenian armed forces, the ministry believes.

Moreover, enemy’s actions are aimed at deceiving the international community by organizing trips for representatives of foreign media to the occupied territories, according to the ministry.

Thus, the ministry has condemned the visit of Greek and Latvian MPs to the Nagorno-Karabakh region, occupied by Armenia.

The visit of member of Greek parliament Garyfallia (Liana) Kanelli and the member of the Latvian parliament Sergejs Potapkins to Karabakh is instigation and a biased approach, Hikmet Hajiyev, the Spokesperson for Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said on April 12.

Similar steps, which contradict the positions of Greece and Latvia on resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through negotiations and the spirit of cooperation between Azerbaijan and these countries, encourage Armenia’s provocative actions and exacerbate an already difficult situation, Hajiyev stressed.

Azerbaijan’s embassies in Greece and Latvia will express dissatisfaction of the Azerbaijani side to the relevant bodies of Greece and Latvia on the basis of friendship and mutual understanding between the two countries, the ministry’s spokesperson concluded.

Source: News Am