Two for­eign cit­i­zens ex­cluded from “un­de­sir­able per­sons” list

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Kamila Aliyeva

A cit­i­zen of the United Arab Emi­rates, Ibrahim Ahmed Mo­hammed Ab­dalla, ad­dressed a let­ter to the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs ask­ing for a re­moval of his name from the “List of for­eign cit­i­zens il­le­gally vis­ited the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan”, the Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­istry said in a mes­sage.

In his let­ter, Ibrahim Ahmed Mo­hammed Ab­dalla, noted that he trav­elled to Nagorno-Karabakh in 2015 and was un­aware about the con­se­quences of that visit. He un­der­lined that this visit in no way means dis­re­spect for the Azer­bai­jan Repub­lic and its peo­ple.

Ibrahim Ahmed Mo­hammed Ab­dalla reaf­firm­ing his full re­spect to the ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and sovereignty of Azer­bai­jan within its in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized bor­ders, its laws and reg­u­la­tions, ex­pressed his apol­ogy to the Azer­bai­jani gov­ern­ment and peo­ple for an unau­tho­rized visit to the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries.

Ex­press­ing re­grets for this visit Ibrahim Ahmed Mo­hammed Ab­dalla men­tioned that his visit to the ter­ri­to­ries oc­cu­pied by Ar­me­nia in no way served for the pro­mo­tion of il­le­gal regime es­tab­lished in the seized lands of Azer­bai­jan.

Fur­ther­more, he at­tested that he would re­frain from such vis­its to the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan in the fu­ture and asked for per­mis­sion to visit Azer­bai­jan in the fu­ture.

Fol­low­ing this ap­peal, the de­ci­sion to re­move his name from the list was made.

Ear­lier, Harizs Egliens, a cit­i­zen of Latvia and an em­ployee of the IMPRO Trav­els LTD, also sent a let­ter to the Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­istry, ask­ing to ex­clude him from the list of for­eign­ers who il­le­gally vis­ited the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan.

Harizs Egliens also said he was not in­formed about the con­se­quences of the visit, fur­ther un­der­lin­ing that the visit does not mean dis­re­spect for Azer­bai­jan and the Azer­bai­jani peo­ple.

He noted that he re­spects the laws, ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity and sovereignty of Azer­bai­jan in the frame­work of in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized bor­ders, and apol­o­gized to the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Azer­bai­jan for trav­el­ing to the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries.

Ex­press­ing his re­gret in con­nec­tion with the visit, Egliens stressed that the visit to the Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries oc­cu­pied by Ar­me­nia doesn't in any way serve the pur­pose of en­cour­ag­ing the il­le­gal regime es­tab­lished in the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan.

In his let­ter, Egliens also em­pha­sized that in the fu­ture, he will re­frain from such vis­its and asked for per­mis­sion to visit Azer­bai­jan in the fu­ture.

Vis­it­ing Nagorno-Karabakh and other oc­cu­pied Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries with­out agree­ment of the Azer­bai­jani side is con­sid­ered il­le­gal.

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.

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