Azerbaijan removes Bulgarian traveler from ‘black list’
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 10
By Seba Aghayeva – Trend:
Bulgarian citizen Valentin Dreharski, an employee of Besttechnia TM-Rodimo PAD and a traveler, has been removed from the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s list of undesirable people who illegally visited the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told Trend November 10.
The Bulgarian traveler sent a letter to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, in which he expressed respect for the territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan.
Dreharski added that he was unaware of the illegality of the trip to the occupied territories.
In his letter, the Bulgarian traveler apologized to the Azerbaijani people and added that his visit wasn’t aimed at promoting the illegal regime in Azerbaijan’s occupied territories.
Dreharski’s letter was thoroughly considered and a decision was made to remove his name from the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s list of undesirable people.
Visiting Nagorno-Karabakh and other Azerbaijani districts occupied by Armenia, without Azerbaijan's consent, are considered illegal and the names of the individuals who make these visits are included to the "black list" of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.