Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 6 / Trend S.Agayeva /
The Polish Foreign Ministry urges its citizens not to pay visits to Nagorno Karabakh without consent of the Azerbaijani authorities.
"According to the international law the Nagorno-Karabakh is an inseparable part of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Entering the occupied territories without the prior consent of the authorities in Baku will constitute a violation of the state border of the Azerbaijan Republic," the Foreign Ministry's statement publicized by the Polish Embassy in Azerbaijan reads.
MEP, the keynote speaker on Armenia Tomasz Poreba, visited separatist Nagorno-Karabakh during his recent trip to Armenia, not informing official Baku about it.
In Nagorno-Karabakh he held meetings with the leadership of the unrecognized republic and discussing issues concerning the resolution of the Karabakh conflict, the situation in the region and bilateral relations, the Armenian media outlets reported earlier.
In the light of illegal entry to the territories of Nagorno Karabakh, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry presented a protest note to Polish Ambassador Mikhal Labenda. Poreba has been declared persona non grata by Azerbaijani authorities, and his further visits to the country are not welcomed
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 and the surrounding regions.