Israeli scholar’s visit to Nagorno-Karabakh was of private nature - Ambassador
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 24
By Anahanum Hidayatova - Trend:
The visit of the Israeli scientist, Professor of the Open University of Israel Yair Auron to Nagorno-Karabakh was of a private nature and is not related to the government of Israel, Israeli Ambassador to Baku Rafael Harpaz told Trend Feb. 24, commenting on the recent visit of the scientist to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
"The website of Israeli foreign ministry doesn't recommend citizens to visit Nagorno-Karabakh, and also notes that in accordance with the legislation of Azerbaijan, it is prohibited for tourists, including citizens of Israel, to visit Nagorno-Karabakh," said the ambassador. "Violators of the law will be prohibited from entering Azerbaijan and a criminal case can be initiated against them."
Israeli scientist, Professor of the Open University of Israel Yair Auron on February 21 visited the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, where he held a meeting with the head of the separatist regime Bako Sahakyan.
Visits to Nagorno-Karabakh and other districts of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenia inconsistent with the Azerbaijani side are considered illegal, and the names of the perpetrators are included into the "black list" of Azerbaijani foreign ministry.
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 four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
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