Azerbaijan's ruling party expresses protest against biased telecast of Euronews TV
Azerbaijan, Baku, December 1 / Trend , A.Huseynbala /
Azerbaijan's ruling party expressed its protest against the biased telecast of Euronews TV. "The party sent to Euronews TV channel a letter of protest in connection with the telecast on Nov. 28, the website of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) said on Dec. 1.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
"From time to time, some major media outlets of the West provide information regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, openly protecting the position of the aggressor - Armenia. In the telecast "Nagorno-Karabakh - wind of change" on Nov. 28 on the Euronews TV channel, once again an attempt was made to, through bias approach, confuse the world and European public opinion through presenting reasons and essence of the conflict in accordance with the position of the Armenian side," the letter of protest said.
The ruling party states that in this program Nagorno-Karabakh was presented as an "independent country" and the head of the fictitious structure Bako Saakian as "president of this country". "In addition, Nagorno-Karabakh which was recognized by all international documents and authoritative international organizations as the territory of Azerbaijan and which has no geographical link with Armenia, was described as the "heart" of Armenia," stated in the letter.
The ruling New Azerbaijan Party protests against the apparent falsification of historical and political facts and presents to the attention of TV management that the named fictional structure was created as a result of Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan, the occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory. "Naturally, the "state" named Nagorno-Karabakh is not recognized by any state worldwide and it does not expect such a prospect in the future. The UN, OSCE, Council of Europe and several international organizations have adopted resolutions and decisions condemning the aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan. It is inconceivable that the management of such a channel as Euronews, which has extensive broadcasting, does not know about it."
"It should be mentioned that with such biased and provocative programs, Euronews brings serious damages to the settlement process, conducted through the Minsk Group, and causes a heavy blow to the peace, stability and mutual trust established in the region," the letter said.
Expressing the position of the Azerbaijani society, NAP calls on the Euronews television channel to be objective in preparing programs on such a sensitive topic and said that this kind of biased telecast brings serious harms to television's image.
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