German citizen’s name removed from “black list” of Azerbaijani foreign ministry
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec.3
The name of president of the Amonbe non-profit organization has been removed from the list of "undesirable persons" of the Azerbaijani foreign ministry, the ministry's press service told Trend Dec.3.
President of the Amonbe non-profit organization, German citizen Peter Graf Schönborn, requested Azerbaijan's foreign ministry to remove his name from the list of undesirable persons, said the press service.
Schönborn was included to the ministry's list of undesirable persons for illegally visiting Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia.
In a letter sent to the foreign ministry, the German citizen expressed regret over the illegal visit and stressed that he respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
Schönborn said his visit in no way served a purpose of recognizing the regime created in Azerbaijan's occupied territories, and apologized to the people of Azerbaijan.
After the review of the request, Schönborn was removed from the list of undesirable persons.
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.