Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 6
The Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) has protested to the Confederation of Independent Football Federations (ConiFA) in connection with the planned participation of a football team from the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh in the world championship among unrecognised countries, AFFA reported on Feb. 6.
ConiFA disseminated the information for holding the first World Cup among unrecognised countries on June 1-8. A team of the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh was also invited. In this regard, AFFA has sent a letter of protest to ConiFA.
The separatist regime was created on Azerbaijani territory occupied by Armenia and it has not been recognised by any international organisation or the country, according to the letter.
Letters of protest were also sent to the Swedish Football Federation where the championship will be held, as well as to FİFA.
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.
Translated by NH
Edited by CN and SM