Journalists, Native of Azerbaijani Region Occupied by Armenia, to Stage Protest Action Before UN Baku Office

Azerbaijan, Baku, 19 March / Trend corr. I. Alizade/ The journalists, internally displaced from the Kalbajar region of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenia, will stage an unsanctioned demonstration before the Baku office of United Nations on 2 April. Baku Executive Power did not authorize the rally in front of UN Baku office. "The protest action will be held in connection with the 15th anniversary of the capture of Kalbajar region by the Armenian Armed Forces," Elshad Eyvazli, one of the organizers of the protest demonstration and chairman of Union of Parliament Journalists said to Trend .

On 2 April 1993, the Kalbajar region of Azerbaijan was captured by the Armenians. The territory of the region makes up 1,936 cu. Km with a population of 70,000. At present, the displaced residents of the region live in 59 regions of Azerbaijan.

After the forceful capture of the Kalbajar region, the UN Security Council passed Resolution # 822 in its 3205th meeting. The Resolution demands the immediate withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from Kalbajar and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan. The Resolution has not been implemented yet. Later, the UN Security Council passed Resolution # 874 on the liberation of Fizuli region and Resolution # 884 on the liberation of other occupied regions. To date none of these resolutions have been implemented.

Eyvazli stated that on 19 March, an official notification was sent to Hajibala Abutalibov, the mayor of Baku, for permission to hold the demonstration. The demonstration is expected to be held at noon with approximately 50 journalists participating. "In the response letter from the Baku Executive Power noted that it considers it honorable our irreconcilable attitude towards aggression of Armenia against Azerbaijan. However, under the first point of 9th article on Freedom of Assemble it is prohibited to stage a rally on 300m far from legislative, executive and judicial departments. Baku Executive Power representatives recommended that we demonstrate our attitude towards such aggression through civil relations. However, we do not agree," Eyvazli said.

"We think that UN Security Council should admit that either it is weak or that it does not support the fair solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem," Eyvazli said.

The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988 due to Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven surrounding districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement at which time the active hostilities ended. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding peaceful negotiations.

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