Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry condemns Radio Liberty for promoting separatist regime
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 21
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry condemned the Radio Liberty for promoting the separatist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, the occupation and the results of aggression.
The ministry's official representative, Hikmet Hajiyev, said the website of the Radio Liberty spread information about a visit of Margot Buff, presented as the radio's employee, to the Azerbaijani lands occupied by Armenia and her taking pictures there.
He said Radio Liberty sent its employee to the occupied Azerbaijani territories without any official consent of Azerbaijan, adding that this is illegal.
"This is a violation of the law on the state border," Hajiyev added.
He added that such a biased behaviour of the Radio Liberty is also an example of disrespect for Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of the country.
"Radio Liberty, which has always been indifferent to Armenia's aggression against Azerbaijan and occupation, and the problems of over one million Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs, as well as the issues of our citizens taken hostage by Armenia, promotes by means of these pictures the so-called regime, created on Azerbaijan's occupied territories, the results of occupation and aggression, affects the feelings of Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs," Hajiyev noted in his statement.
Hajiyev said that after an appropriate examination of the issue, the radio's employee will be added to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's undesirable persons list.
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 four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by SI
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