Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 5
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
Members of the Scottish football club Celtic and UK's Ambassador to Azerbaijan Irfan Siddiq visited a new residential complex built for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Baku's Binagadi district, said the Azerbaijani State Committee on Refugees and IDPs Issues August 5.
Celtic FC arrived in Baku for the second leg match with Azerbaijani squad Qarabag (Agdam) in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.
The deputy chairman of the state committee, Fuad Huseynov informed the Celtic FC members and the accompanying media representatives about the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
He said that 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory was occupied and over one million Azerbaijanis became refugees and IDPs as a result of Armenia's military aggression.
Afterwards, the Celtic FC members viewed the conditions at a school for the Azerbaijani Zangilan district's IDPs, and also played football with students there and took photos with them.
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.
Edited by CN