Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.30
Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the UK, Fakhraddin Gurbanov expressed protest against UK photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind's visit to Nagorno-Karabagh, Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia.
The protest came after Taylor-Lind's article, which was published in the Guardian.
Azerbaijan's ambassador published an article in the Guardian, as a response to Taylor-Lind's report, where he stresses that all unauthorised visits to the region of Nagorno-Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan are illegal.
As Gurbanov said Ms Taylor-Lind should, rather, visit Azerbaijan to witness the plight of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons who were forced to flee their homes in Nagorno-Karabakh.
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.