Azerbaijani Embassy Asks Foreign Office of Czech Republic to Provide Security of Mini Football Match with Armenians
Azerbaijan, Baku, 9 February 9, February / cor. Trend I.Gasimli, E. Huseynov/ The Embassy of Azerbaijan in Prague asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic to assist in providing the security of the mini football match between Azerbaijanis and Armenians. "The embassy asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic to take measures to provide the security of the mini football match in the world championship to be held in Hrudime between Azerbaijani and Armenian team," the Embassy said to Trend.
The mini football match between Azerbaijani and Armenian teams to be held within the framework of the World Championship is fixed for 28 February, the Embassy said on a telephone from Prague on 9 February.
Arif Mammadov, the representative of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Prague said that not only representatives of the diasporas, the students and compatriots from Czech Republic, but also European countries will support the match of the mini football players.
Special security measures are usually taken during all the matches between Azerbaijani and Armenian sportsmen, particularly between football players. The matches of the Armenian and Azerbaijani football players have been delayed even canceled several times for fear of the clashes between the fans.
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.