Embassy: German journalists personally liable for trip to Nagorno-Karabakh
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 16 / Trend S. Agayeva /
Journalists are personally liable for making a trip to Nagorno-Karabakh, even for research. In a conversation with Trend, the German Embassy in Azerbaijan commented on a group of German journalists who arrived illegally to the territories occupied by
"In its recommendations on security measures while traveling abroad posted on its official website, the German Foreign Ministry does not advise visits to Nagorno Karabakh," the embassy said. "It stressed that people with a visa in their passports or an entry stamp will not get a visa to Azerbaijan."
German journalists Richard Kiesler and Knut Teske, who arrived in Armenia to study Armenia's position on the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, plan to visit the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia. They made the statement during a meeting with Armenian Parliamentary Vice Speaker Edward Sharmazanov, Armenia Today reported.
The embassy also stressed that Germany's position on the non-recognition of the so-called "Nagorno-Karabakh Republic" remains unchanged.
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has instructed the country's embassy in Germany to study the issue, the ministry said.
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.