For­eign Min­istry in­ves­ti­gates for­eign­ers' il­le­gal visit to oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Kamila Aliyeva

In­for­ma­tion about for­eign cit­i­zens who il­le­gally vis­ited the oc­cu­pied Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­to­ries by grossly vi­o­lat­ing Azer­bai­jan's laws is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, the Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­istry said in a mes­sage on Oc­to­ber 8.

The min­istry was com­ment­ing on a visit of Ar­me­nian prime min­is­ter’s spouse Anna Hakobyan to­gether with a group of women from Rus­sia to Azer­bai­jan’s NagornoKarabakh re­gion oc­cu­pied by Ar­me­nia.

As soon as th­ese for­eign cit­i­zens are iden­ti­fied, the de­ci­sion on adding their names into the list of for­eign­ers whose en­try to the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan is de­nied will be made, the mes­sage said.

“Fur­ther to our al­ready stated po­si­tion on the “Women for peace” ini­tia­tive of Ar­me­nia, we would like to re­it­er­ate that those who want peace would not con­tinue the war, those who want to pre­vent the loss of lives would not keep the ter­ri­to­ries of other states un­der mil­i­tary oc­cu­pa­tion and those who in­vite women and mothers to peace would not send their sons to the in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan for mil­i­tary ser­vice,” the mes­sage said.

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.

Ear­lier, spokesper­son of the Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­istry Leyla Ab­dul­layeva told Trend that Azer­bai­jan will raise an is­sue of the ini­tia­tive of the Ar­me­nian prime min­is­ter’s wife Anna Hakobyan to or­ga­nize an il­le­gal visit of Rus­sia’s women to Azer­bai­jan’s oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries be­fore the Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry.

As a woman and mother, I can un­der­stand Hakobyan’s cam­paign in terms of hu­man­i­tar­ian prin­ci­ples, Ab­dul­layeva said.

“The main pur­pose of this cam­paign is al­legedly to pre­vent the deaths of young sol­diers, in­no­cent peo­ple. Then it is nec­es­sary to thor­oughly ap­proach this prob­lem and an­swer the ques­tion: What are the sol­diers of Ar­me­nia do­ing in the ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan?” she added.

“Hakobyan in­cor­rectly chose tar­gets for her hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sion, be­cause in order to pre­vent the deaths of young peo­ple, she must first of all start from the so­ci­ety in Ar­me­nia, to urge Ar­me­nia to stop oc­cu­pa­tion of Azer­bai­jani lands and call on Ar­me­nian women and mothers to re­frain from send­ing their chil­dren to the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan,” Ab­dul­layeva noted.

She went on to say that it is ob­vi­ous that this cam­paign in its cur­rent form, es­pe­cially in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the elec­tion, is in­tended for the in­ter­nal au­di­ence of Ar­me­nia.

“How­ever, it should be taken into ac­count that such cam­paigns, pri­mar­ily at­tempts un­der the guise of a “hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sion” to mo­ti­vate a group of women from Rus­sia to visit the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan, aren’t con­sis­tent with the man­date of Rus­sia as co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, don’t serve to the set­tle­ment of the Ar­me­nia-Azer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict and don’t cor­re­spond to the spirit of the con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev and Prime Min­is­ter of Ar­me­nia Nikol Pashinyan in Dushanbe. This is­sue will be raised be­fore the Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry by the Azer­bai­jani Em­bassy in Moscow,” Ab­dul­layeva said.

The “peace­keep­ing” ac­tiv­ity of the spouse of Ar­me­nian Prime Min­is­ter Nikol Pashinyan looks quite doubt­ful. The ideas of the first lady of the coun­try gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity like Met­samor NPP, and they are also not good for the en­vi­ron­ment.

At the end of last week, Anna Hakobyan brought a group of Rus­sian pub­lic ac­tivists to the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries of Azer­bai­jan. The visit, provoca­tive and pur­su­ing ex­clu­sively pro­pa­ganda pur­poses, ended with noth­ing, and it is ab­so­lutely clear that there will be no con­tin­u­a­tion of this sense­less ini­tia­tive. This voy­age will not bring peace to the re­gion and, more­over, will not force Azer­bai­jan to give up its right to re­solve the is­sue by force of arms if there is no other way. It is even "funny" to hear how Hakobyan speaks about "peace­keep­ing".

A coun­try oc­cu­py­ing the ter­ri­tory of a neigh­bor­ing state, con­duct­ing eth­nic cleans­ing and spilling rivers of in­no­cent blood, does not have the mo­ral right to talk about peace­mak­ing and to call for non­vi­o­lence. It is clear that Ar­me­nia is afraid of war, but it will not be pos­si­ble to avoid it by send­ing a fe­male land­ing party. For this, Yere­van should take much more se­ri­ous and con­crete mea­sures, prove its com­mit­ment to peace, and not only in words, to which no one be­lieves any­more.

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