Mainichi Shimbun's journalist off Azerbaijan's "black list"
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 23
A Japanese citizen, an employee of the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, Hitoshi Omae has been removed from the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s list of undesirable people who illegally visited the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told Trend Nov. 23.
The journalist appealed to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry with a letter in which he expressed his respect for the territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of the internationally recognized borders of Azerbaijan. He said he was unaware of the trip being illegal.
The Japanese journalist expressed regret in connection with the illegal visit and noted that the article written following his trip doesn’t serve anyone's interests.
Hitoshi Omae stressed in his letter that he intends to come to Azerbaijan to bring the truth about Azerbaijan and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to the Japanese public and asked to provide him the appropriate support with regards to the visit.
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.