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Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs responds to Azerbaijani embassy's protest note

Politics Materials 4 May 2011 21:14
Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland responded to the protest note of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the Embassy told Trend.
Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs responds to Azerbaijani embassy's protest note

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 4 /Trend, E.Tariverdiyeva/

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland responded to the protest note of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, the Embassy told Trend.

The official note of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland sent in response to the protest note of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Switzerland states that demonstrating the materials distorting the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in the Armenian stands at the international exhibition of books and press in Geneva contradicts the position of the Government of Switzerland on occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions of Azerbaijan, the statement said.

The note by the Swiss side also states that the official website of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland recommends citizens not to visit occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions, said the Azerbaijani Embassy in Switzerland.

The Azerbaijani embassy in Switzerland and Liechtenstein has sent a protest note to the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in connection with demonstrating the materials distorting the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan in the Armenian stands at the international exhibition of books and press in Geneva, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

The Embassy has informed exhibition's organizers about these facts. Ambassador Murad Najafbayli met with the heads responsible for organizing the exhibition Bernard Quiot and Adeline Beaux. He expressed Azerbaijan's concern and called for the removal of these materials from the exhibition stand.

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.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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