Embassy: Information by Armenian media on French actor's visit to Nagorno-Karabakh is not confirmed
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 1 /Trend, S.Agayeva/
The information provided by the Armenian media outlets regarding the upcoming visit of French actor
Gerard Depardieu to Nagorno-Karabakh is not confirmed.
After a brief investigation, the Embassy of Azerbaijan in France found no evidence on allegedly planned visit of French actor to Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijani ambassador to France
Elchin Amirbeyov told Trend.
A famous French actor Gerard Depardieu has promised to attend the third international festival "Carot", which is scheduled to be held for the first time in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh this year, the Armenian media outlets report with reference to the president of the Armenian Culture Development Fund, the president of the festival "Carot", Metso Igityan. Opening the festival is scheduled for September 2.
Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry appealed to the embassy for clarification with regard to this information. After a brief investigation conducted by the Embassy, the information of the Armenian media was not confirmed.
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 seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the United States - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Foreign persons who make visit to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, including Nagorno-Karabakh, without permission of the Azerbaijani authorities are declared persona non grata in Azerbaijan.