Police Prevents Next Stage of Military Tournament of Karabakh Liberation Organization

Politics Materials 29 October 2007 19:35

Azerbaijan, Baku /corr. Trend S.Ilhamgizi / Karabakh Liberation Organization's effort to hold the fifth stage of the military tournament 'Militant fighter for Karabakh's freedom' on 29 October, the day of the 14th anniversary of occupation of Azerbaijan's district of Zengilan, incurred failure, a source stated in the organization.

The contest in the shooting center of Baku's settlement of Bilajari was prevented by the policemen. Closing the way to the center, the employees of Binagadi Police Department did not miss the participants to enter the center. After resistance, the police removed the members of the organization from the territory. The police stated that the Executive Power and Police Department of Binagadi district imposed a ban on KLO to hold any events in this center. They did not explain the reasons of the ban.

On 29 October the KLO made a statement saying that the Azerbaijani power and its local bodies avoid conducting any events of patriotic character and do not wish to strengthen military-patriotic spirit in the Country. "We require that the Presidential Administration and Interior Ministry should immediately explain it," the statement says.

The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.

The Karabakh Organization Committee (KLO) was founded in Baku on 28 January 2000 with the aim of conducting a public struggle for the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh from the Armenian occupants. The organization, headed by Akif Nagi, a candidate in historical sciences, unites over 10,000 people, including outstanding representatives of intelligentsia, refugees and internally displaced people, youths, former veterans, senior ranking officers in reserve, as well as different social segments of the population.