Euro­pean MP’s name in­cluded in “un­de­sir­able per­sons” list

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Kamila Aliyeva

‘Mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment from the Repub­lic of Cyprus Eleni Theocharous was in­cluded in the list of per­sons banned from en­ter­ing the ter­ri­tory of our coun­try, and the Gen­eral Pros­e­cu­tor’s Of­fice of Azer­bai­jan ini­ti­ated a crim­i­nal case against her un­der the rel­e­vant ar­ti­cles of the Crim­i­nal Code. This per­son, act­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of Ar­me­nia and the Ar­me­nian lobby, demon­strates the po­si­tion of jus­ti­fy­ing the ag­gres­sive pol­icy of the rul­ing cir­cles of Ar­me­nia and en­cour­ag­ing their oc­cu­pa­tion pol­icy,” the Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­istry told Trend.

Ear­lier, the spokesman of the Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­istry, Hik­mat Ha­jiyev, said that the num­ber of il­le­gal vis­its to the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan has sig­nif­i­cantly de­creased. He noted that such vis­its have de­creased af­ter Azer­bai­jan launched its “un­de­sir­able per­sons” list, and has taken measures re­lated to the is­sue.

Names of any in­di­vid­u­als pay­ing unau­tho­rized vis­its to NagornoKarabakh and other re­gions of Azer­bai­jan oc­cu­pied by Ar­me­nia are in­cluded in the For­eign Min­istry’s list of “un­de­sir­able per­sons.” The min­istry and diplo­matic mis­sions pay spe­cial at­ten­tion to the il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity in the oc­cu­pied ar­eas of the coun­try.

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.

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 re­gions.

In the bat­tles, which ended on Oc­to­ber 2, 1992, as many as 147 Kho­ja­vand res­i­dents were killed, more than 300 peo­ple were in­jured, many of whom have re­mained dis­abled to this day.

As many as 100 civil­ians in dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods of oc­cu­pa­tion be­came hostages of the Ar­me­nian mil­i­tary, 49 of them did not sur­vive the harsh con­di­tions of cap­tiv­ity.

Kho­ja­vand was es­tab­lished on the ba­sis of Mar­tuni and Hadrut ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gions af­ter the Nagorno-Karabakh Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion of Azer­bai­jan was abol­ished in 1991. The re­gion has an area of 1,458 square kilo­me­ters and its pop­u­la­tion was about 41,216 peo­ple be­fore the oc­cu­pa­tion. The re­gion in­cludes Kho­ja­vand city, two large set­tle­ments Gir­mizi Bazar and Hadrut, and 81 vil­lages.

The ter­rain of Kho­ja­vand re­gion is mostly moun­tain­ous – its height varies from ap­prox­i­mately 500 to 2,800 me­ters. The re­gion has Kurichay, Chay­lukh, Aghogh­lanchay and some other rivers.

There were 10 pre-school in­sti­tu­tions, 21 eight-year and 16 secondary schools, 40 li­braries, 5 hos­pi­tals, and 27 health posts. The pop­u­la­tion was mainly en­gaged in viti­cul­ture, arable farm­ing, potato grow­ing, gar­net farm­ing, an­i­mal hus­bandry and es­pe­cially pig breed­ing, poul­try farm­ing, ser­i­cul­ture etc.

Most of the area was cov­ered with forests, where sev­eral species of rare trees grew. In the burned ar­eas, 47 plant and 19 tree species were burned and de­stroyed.

Be­fore the oc­cu­pa­tion, the city of Kho­ja­vand, two large set­tle­ments - the Gyrmyzy Bazaar and Hadrut, and 83 vil­lages were lo­cated in Kho­ja­vand re­gion. In these lands, among the mon­u­ments of na­ture, there was one copy of a two-thou­sand-year east­ern Chi­nar, as well as cen­te­nar­ian Azat trees that were in­cluded in the Red Book.

To­day, many of these trees, care­fully guarded by Azer­bai­jan, have been cut down by the ag­gres­sor.

As a re­sult of mil­i­tary ag­gres­sion, the an­ces­tral ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh and 7 ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gions at­tached to it are oc­cu­pied by Ar­me­nia.

More than 20 per­cent of the ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan was oc­cu­pied, more than 20,000 peo­ple were killed, more than 50,000 peo­ple were wounded and maimed. More than 1 mil­lion peo­ple, vic­tims of the pol­icy of geno­cide and eth­nic cleans­ing car­ried out by Ar­me­nia against Azer­bai­jan, live in the sit­u­a­tion of refugees and IDPs, are de­prived of ba­sic hu­man rights.

So, Ar­me­nia grossly vi­o­lat­ing the pro­vi­sions of the Con­ven­tion for the Pro­tec­tion of Cultural Prop­erty in the Event of Armed Con­flict and the Con­ven­tion on the Means of Pro­hibit­ing and Pre­vent­ing the Il­licit Im­port, Ex­port and Trans­fer of Own­er­ship of Cultural Prop­erty, is en­gaged in loot­ing cultural prop­erty of Azer­bai­jan.

De­spite the de­mands ex­pressed in UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on the need to rec­og­nize the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan and the re­lease of the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan with­out pre­con­di­tions, the Repub­lic of Ar­me­nia con­tin­ues to pur­sue its ag­gres­sive pol­icy.

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