Azerbaijan to express discontent to Eurovision 2016 organizing committee (UPDATE)
Details added (first version posted at 13:20)
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 11
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
Azerbaijan will express its discontent to the organizing committee of the Eurovision 2016 song contest in connection with the Armenian side's waiving a flag of the occupation regime of Nagorno-Karabakh during the contest, said Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry.
"This issue is being considered together with the national organizing committee," Hajiyev told Trend May 11.
"Armenia's such provocative actions are unacceptable," he added. "The Armenian side deliberately resorts to such actions to encourage and propagandize the illegal regime created in the occupied Azerbaijani territories."
Hajiyev stressed that such actions are contrary to the fundamental principles of the Eurovision song contest.
He added that the Armenian delegation made a provocation at the Eurovision 2016 song contest by waving the flag of the occupation regime of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.