Mex­i­can MPs vis­it­ing oc­cu­pied Azer­bai­jani lands were ma­nip­u­lated by Ar­me­nia

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

In­volv­ing Mex­i­can MPs in the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict, Ar­me­nian am­bas­sador to Mex­ico Ara Ay­vazyan or­ga­nized their visit to the oc­cu­pied Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries in or­der to use them in his in­sid­i­ous games to win po­lit­i­cal gains, said Azer­bai­jani Charge d’Af­faires in Mex­ico Mam­mad Tal­i­bov.

Tal­i­bov made the re­marks in his re­cent in­ter­view with a pop­u­lar Mex­i­can news­pa­per El Uni­ver­sal, the Azer­bai­jani Em­bassy in Mex­ico told Trend on De­cem­ber 26.

Dur­ing the in­ter­view, the diplo­mat said that the only way to solve the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno Karabakh con­flict is the ful­fill­ment of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions by Yere­van and the with­drawal of Ar­me­nian armed forces from the oc­cu­pied Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries. Tal­i­bov also noted that the Nagorno Karabakh re­gion be­longs to Azer­bai­jan and has been un­der Ar­me­nia's occupation since 1992.

The news about the visit of three Mex­i­can MPs to the oc­cu­pied Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries with­out the per­mis­sion of the Azer­bai­jani gov­ern­ment and the strong re­ac­tion of the Azer­bai­jani em­bassy in this coun­try to the is­sue, re­cently drew at­ten­tion in Mex­ico. The MPs Blanka Mar­garita Ku­ata Dominguez, Maria Cristina Teresa Gar­cia Bravo and Car­los Her­nan­dez Miro il­le­gally vis­ited the oc­cu­pied Azer­bai­jani re­gion Khankandi and met there with the “speaker of par­lia­ment” of the sep­a­ratist regime Ashot Gulyan.

The in­ter­view notes that de­spite the warns of Mex­ico's Sec­re­tar­iat of For­eign Af­fairs on not to visit these ter­ri­to­ries and ig­nor­ing the fact that these lands are in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan, by tak­ing those MPs to the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries, the Gov­ern­ment of Ar­me­nia aimed to rep­re­sent Mex­ico as a coun­try al­legedly sup­port­ing the sep­a­ratist regime, cre­ated in those ter­ri­to­ries and not rec­og­nized by any coun­try, and even by Ar­me­nia it­self.

Tal­i­bov had ear­lier held meet­ings at Mex­ico's Sec­re­tar­iat of For­eign Af­fairs and the Cham­ber of Deputies where he ex­pressed the Azer­bai­jani gov­ern­ment's protest, and both au­thor­i­ties em­pha­sized that they sup­port the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on the con­flict and the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of Azer­bai­jan.

“I think that the Ar­me­nian am­bas­sador should stop these games and, speak­ing about hu­man rights (in one of his state­ments, he said that the Mex­i­can MPs have a right to travel freely), he must ex­plain the ex­pul­sion of a mil­lion of Azer­bai­ja­nis from their homes, killings and vi­o­lence com­mit­ted against them,” the Azer­bai­jani diplo­mat said in his in­ter­view.

Сom­ment­ing on the Ar­me­nian am­bas­sador's state­ment on “the dan­ger of a new Ar­me­nian geno­cide in Nagorno-Karabakh,” Tal­i­bov said that this is ab­surd, and that Azer­bai­jan is a coun­try known for its mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and tol­er­ance, where rep­re­sen­ta­tives of all re­li­gions and cul­tures live to­gether with­out any dis­crim­i­na­tion.

More­over, the diplo­mat noted that Azer­bai­jan and Mex­ico mark the 25th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic re­la­tions in 2017, and there are great op­por­tu­ni­ties for fur­ther ex­pan­sion of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries.

Unau­tho­rized vis­its to Nagorno Karabakh and other re­gions of Azer­bai­jan oc­cu­pied by Ar­me­nia are con­sid­ered il­le­gal, and any in­di­vid­u­als pay­ing such vis­its are in­cluded in the Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­istry's list of un­de­sir­able per­sons. Baku con­tin­ues the work to pre­vent such il­le­gal ac­tions, and the for­eign cit­i­zens should keep their eyes peeled in or­der not to be de­ceived by Ar­me­nian oc­cu­piers.

Baku has re­peat­edly warned for­eign of­fi­cials and diplo­mats of il­le­gal­ity of vis­its to its ter­ri­to­ries that are oc­cu­pied by Ar­me­nia, call­ing them con­tra­dic­tory to in­ter­na­tional law. The work is con­stantly car­ried out to pre­vent such il­le­gal ac­tions.

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