Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 15
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
The embassy of Azerbaijan in Canada has taken the necessary measures in connection with illegal tourist trips to the occupied areas of Azerbaijan organized by "ToursbyLocals". The head office of the company is located in Vancouver (Canada), acting spokesman for the Azerbaijani foreign ministry Hikmet Hajiyev told Trend Dec. 15.
"As a result of the actions, the company's illegal tours to the occupied areas of Azerbaijan have been suspended," he said. "All information about illegal trips has been removed from its website."
The foreign ministry and diplomatic missions of Azerbaijan pay special attention to the illegal activity in the occupied areas of Azerbaijan. The work is constantly carried out to prevent such illegal actions.
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.
Seba Aghayeva is deputy head of Trend Agency's Azerbaijani news service, follow her on Twitter: @Asebaa
Edited by CN