Four foreign citizens excluded from list of undesirables of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry

  23 September 2013    Read: 179
Four foreign citizens excluded from list of undesirables of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry
Four foreign citizens who were earlier included to the list of undesirables of Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry for illegally visiting the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia, are excluded from it.
Member of the Russian State Duma Alexei Mitrofanov, head of the Moscow office `Voice of America` James Brook , Johns Hopkins University students Ivan Benovich and Nicholas Vondra were excluded from the list of undesirables.

The names of these individuals were excluded from the list after their appeal to the Azerbaijani side, in which they regretted about their visits and stressed that they recognize the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and requested their names to be excluded from this list.

Visiting Nagorno-Karabakh and other Azerbaijan`s regions occupied by Armenia uncoordinated with the Azerbaijani side is considered illegal and the individuals who have paid such visits are included in a list of undesirables of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.

As a rule it is indicated in the appeals that these individuals were fraudulently sent to the occupied territories.

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 and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council`s four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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