Baku, Azerbaijan, June 29
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
Azerbaijani Parliament's Vice Speaker Bahar Muradova has explained the reason for visa denial to a member of French delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's 23rd Annual Session, held in Baku.
During the session, the French MP Alan Neri expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that one of the French delegation members was not granted a visa.
Neri said his colleague was refused a visa because of his visits to Nagorno-Karabakh, and added that he considers this as a violation of rights.
Muradova, in turn, stressed that Nagorno-Karabakh is an integral part of Azerbaijan, and the country's authorities consider the visits to Azerbaijan's territories occupied by Armenia as a violation of state borders.
The vice speaker also noted that in order to visit Nagorno-Karabakh one has to get permission from Azerbaijani authorities, otherwise, these persons will be considered as persona non grata.