California State Assembly Speaker refuses to visit Azerbaijan’s occupied territories (UPDATE)
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Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 23 / Trend, S. Agayeva /
California State Assembly Speaker John Perez has refused to visit the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, an informed source told Trend today.
This testifies to the fact that officials of foreign countries yield to no Armenian persuasion and do not want to be included on the list of undesirable individuals of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.
Visiting Nagorno-Karabakh and other Azerbaijani regions occupied by Armenia uncoordinated with Azerbaijan is considered illegal and individuals who have paid such visits are included on a list of undesirables of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.
Earlier, four foreign citizens who have been included in the list of undesirables of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry for illegal visiting the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia, are excluded from it.
In their appeals, they stressed that they were fraudulently taken to the occupied territories.
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.