Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry Condemns Visit of Vice Speaker of British House of Lords to Nagorno-Karabakh
Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend K.Ramazanova / The Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan condemns the upcoming visit of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords of Great Britain, Caroline Cox, to Azerbaijan's Nagorno-Karabakh region occupied by Armenia. The Press Secretary of the Foreign Ministry of Azerbaijan, Khazar Ibrahim, said on 24 July that the visit is not recognized by the international community.
According to Ibrahimov, the visit testifies to the Baroness' partiality. "It is not the first visit of the Baroness to Nagorno-Karabakh and it is no secret that the visits take place under patronage and influence of the Armenian lobby. In each of her visits, Cox does not keep herself from acting against Azerbaijan," Ibrahimov said.
According to him, the Azerbaijani side has repeatedly appealed to the House of Lords on this issue. The Foreign Ministry's representative stressed that irrespective of the Baroness' visits since the beginning of 1996, no delegation has been sent by Great Britain to the occupied Azerbaijani lands. "Because they recognize the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, Great Britain does not wish to take any provocative steps," Ibrahimov said.
Armenian media sources inform that during her visit to Nagorno-Karabakh, the Baroness met with the speaker of the so-called Parliament of Nagorno-Karabakh, Ashot Gulyan, and with so-called Foreign Minister, Georgi Petrosyan.
It is Cox's sixty-third visit to Nagorno-Karabakh.