Azerbaijan expresses protest to Ukraine
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov.26
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
Azerbaijani embassy in Ukraine has expressed protest to this country's Foreign Ministry for screening an anti-Azerbaijani TV program on Ukraine's 1+1 TV channel, Azerbaijani embassy told Trend on Nov.26.
The reporters of the TV channel prepared a "15 republics" TV program where the reality about Azerbaijan's socio-political system, Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is distorted and sympathy expressed with regard to the separatist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as Armenia which has occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories for more than 20 years.
The embassy said that the screening of such tailor-made and biased TV program against Azerbaijan which is always committed to the principles of strategic cooperation and friendship, supports Ukraine's territorial integrity and voted for this in the UN General Assembly, caused a fair amount of discontent of Azerbaijan's diplomatic mission in Ukraine and thousands of Azerbaijanis living in this country.
Azerbaijani embassy expressed hope that Ukraine, which has become a victim of separatism and foreign intervention, will not turn its blind eye to the attempts of supporting separatism and aggression.
The embassy has already sent a letter of protest to the TV channel's management and said the authors of the TV program, reporters Konstantin Andryuk and Dmitry Volkov have been included in the list of "persona non grata" of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry for their illegal visit to Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia.
Azerbaijani embassy added that this TV program causes serious damage to the friendly and strategic relations between the two countries and urged Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to take corresponding measures against the TV channel and its reporters which have insulted and committed slander against Azerbaijan and its citizens.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by SI