Baku, Azerbaijan, July 8
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office has assured Azerbaijan that Bako Sahakyan, head of the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh won't be given an opportunity to meet with UK officials in London, Azerbaijani ambassador to UK Tahir Taghizade told Trend July 8.
He was commenting on the visit of the head of the separatist regime of Nagorno-Karabakh to London to take part at the event organized by the UK Royal Institute of International Affairs.
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office expressed its position on Sahakyan's visit in a response letter to Azerbaijani embassy.
In the letter to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Azerbaijani embassy in this country expressed concern of Azerbaijani side over the visit of the person who is the leader of the unrecognized separatist regime, the person who participated in the mass crimes against humanity, including genocide, said the ambassador.
Expressing Azerbaijan's commitment to further developing the cooperation with UK, Azerbaijani embassy also expressed concern that such a visit can overshadow the queen's reputation, Taghizade added.
Azerbaijani embassy also asked the UK to assure that Bako Sahakyan won't be given an opportunity to hold meetings with UK officials, said the ambassador.
Furthermore, Tahir Taghizade added that the mentioned event was attended by around 40 people and over 20 of them were representatives of Armenian embassy in UK, Armenian NGOs, several companies that are interested in cooperation with the region, as well as the representatives of Azerbaijani embassy.
Moreover, Azerbaijani diplomat commented on Bako Sahakyan's speech.
"He was speaking in Armenian with translation which was tedious and took much time," said Taghizade. "The organizers tried to somehow relieve the dissatisfaction with the speech and therefore, they were trying to limit his speech with the questions on tourism, economy and so on."
Representatives of Azerbaijani embassy and the Anglo Azerbaijani Society managed to ask questions and make remarks on the inadmissibility of holding such an event and allowing the leader of the separatist regime to make a speech, the ambassador added.
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 CN
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