Rakowski addressed a letter to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking for his removal from the “List of foreign citizens who illegally visited the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan”.
In his letter Rakowski reaffirming his full respect to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan within its internationally recognized borders, its laws and regulations, expressed his apology to the government and people of Azerbaijan for an unauthorized visit to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
After considering the appeal by the Polish citizen, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to remove his name from the list.
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.
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