Yerevan makes another provocative attempt at int’l tourism exhibition in Berlin (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, March 10
The Azerbaijani embassy in Germany together with the organizers of the International Tourism Exhibition in Berlin (March 9-13) is taking measures to remove the stand exposition about the unrecognized regime, established in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for the Azerbaijani foreign ministry, told Trend March 10.
"Yerevan made a provocative attempt to present the unrecognized regime, established in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, at the Berlin Tourism Fair (İTB) in 2009," he said. "This attempt was foiled."
"The presentation of the separatist regime at a separate stand exposition of the ITB exhibition has been effectively suppressed due to the proactive measures taken by the Azerbaijani embassy in Germany since 2016," Hajiyev said.
Hajiyev said that an organization misled the organizing committee of the exhibition and registered under other name in 2016.
He added that on the opening day of the exhibition, the organization stuck a Karabakh placard in its exposition pavilion.
Hajiyev said that therefore, the unrecognized regime has once again testified its criminal nature.
The spokesman said that in close contact with the organizers of the exhibition, the Azerbaijani embassy in Germany is taking actions to remove this exhibition stand.
"Armenia is trying to maintain the unrecognized regime and strengthen the consequences of the occupation through abuse in the tourism sector," Hajiyev said.
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 withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.