Tourist trip to Nagorno-Karabakh planned by British company prevented
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 6 / Trend M. Aliyev /
The Azerbaijani Embassy in Great Britain prevented a tourist trip to Nagorno-Karabakh, planned by a British travel company Regent Holidays, the embassy told Trend.
After receiving the information that the company Regent Holidays, along with three South Caucasus countries, organized a tourist trip to the unrecognized "Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh" for the first time, the embassy phoned the company and warned that the planned trips will be regarded as a violation of territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan.
The warning mentioned that the international community, especially Great Britain, supports the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and a banned trip to Nagorno-Karabakh, an inseparable part of Azerbaijan, is unacceptable. Consequently, these people will be banned to visit Azerbaijan.
As a result of the measures, the company's management announced that it will not organize tourist trips to this region and remove the relevant advertisement from the company's website.
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, with the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, comprising Russia, France, and the U.S., currently engaged in peace negotiations.
Armenia is yet to implement the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions.