Baku, Azerbaijan, June 21
A Japanese citizen, independent blogger Natsumi Daizen addressed an official letter to the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Japan, in which she asked to remove her name from the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s list of people declared personae non gratae, said the Foreign Ministry.
In her letter, the blogger reaffirmed her full respect to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan within its internationally recognized borders.
Natsumi Daizen also stated that she visited the occupied Azerbaijani territories as she was uninformed about the illegality of such a visit.
In her letter, Natsumi Daizen apologized to the people of Azerbaijan and noted that her visit in no way served for the promotion of the illegal regime created in the occupied Azerbaijani lands.
The blogger’s appeal was considered and it was decided to exclude her from the Foreign Ministry’s list of people declared personae non gratae.
Visits to Nagorno-Karabakh and other Armenian-occupied regions of Azerbaijan, uncoordinated with the Azerbaijani side, are deemed illegal and the names of the visitors are included in the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s list of people declared personae non gratae.
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.