Armenian singers refuse to participate at Eurovision Song Contest in Baku
A group of Armenian singers issued a statement which states about nonparticipation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, News-Armenia reported.
The country's singers urged Public Television of Armenia not to send a participant to Azerbaijan. "We are also ready to attend all other Eurovision song contests," the letter says.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan won the right to host the prestigious European song contest after the victory of Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal (Ell / Nikki) at Eurovision 2011 in Dusseldorf, Germany last May.