Ukrainian TV channel illegally operated in Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.27
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
The journalism activity of employees of Ukraine's '1+1' TV channel in Azerbaijan was illegal, acting spokesperson of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Hikmet Hajiyev told Trend on Nov.27.
He said Ukraine's '1+1' TV channel appealed to Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry for accreditation and the ministry considered this appeal in accordance with the law on the media.
"However, violating the accreditation rules, the TV channel's representatives conducted journalism activity in Azerbaijan's territory without receiving an accreditation card, which is the violation of the law," the acting spokesperson added.
Moreover, without getting official permission from Azerbaijan, the TV channel's representatives illegally visited the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia without informing the Azerbaijani side in advance, said Hajiyev.
The reporters of Ukraine's '1+1' TV channel prepared a "15 republics" TV program where the reality about Azerbaijan's socio-political system, Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is distorted and sympathy expressed to the separatist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as Armenia which has occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories for more than 20 years.
Azerbaijani embassy in Ukraine has already expressed protest to this country's Foreign Ministry regarding the issue.
The embassy said that the screening of such tailor-made and biased TV program against Azerbaijan which is always committed to the principles of strategic cooperation and friendship, supports Ukraine's territorial integrity and voted for this in the UN General Assembly, caused a fair amount of discontent of Azerbaijan's diplomatic mission in Ukraine and thousands of Azerbaijanis living in this country.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by SI