Azerbaijan wants anti-Azerbaijani film taken off foreign television channel
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 21 / Trend S.Agayeva /
Azerbaijan has asked the German-French television channel ARTE TV to remove a film about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict from its website.
ARTE TV broadcast and posted on its website the film, "Haut Karabagh: Gomchassar," by Jean-Marie Barre, which abstracts facts about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the embassy reported.
The Azerbaijani Embassy in France sent a letter of protest to ARTE TV President Jerome Clement, as well as vice-president structure. The letter reflected details of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and its grave consequences, and has brought Azerbaijan's position to the channel's leadership's attention, Azerbaijani Ambassador to France Elchin Amirbeyov told Trend.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 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 the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
The embassy criticized the making and distribution of the film as the work of the Armenian diaspora, and noted that such acts negatively affect resolution of the conflict.
The embassy proposed ARTE TV to shot a movie showing the real situation in regard to the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to ensure the spread of material with a balanced position.
The embassy is awaiting a response from the channel's management.