Baku to blacklist Belgian MPs for illegally visiting Nagorno Karabakh

Thu 17 March 2016 11:49 GMT | 15:49 Local Time

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Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry will conduct an investigation in connection with the visit of a group of MPs from the local legislative body of Belgium’s Flemish region to Azerbaijan’s occupied territories, Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, told APA on March 17.

Following the investigation, those Belgian MPs will be included in the list of ‘persona non grata’ of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, Hajiyev said.

He said that this visit was organized by the ‘European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy’ and the federation’s head Kaspar Karapetyan personally accompanied the Belgian MPs during their visit to the occupied lands.

Those MPs are known for their radical views both in Belgium and beyond, Hajiyev said, adding that some of them stand out with their position which promotes hatred on ethnic and religious grounds.  

“By visiting the Azerbaijani lands occupied by Armenia, these people support the unrecognized regime created on the occupied territories as a result of Armenia’s military aggression against Azerbaijan and the bloody ethnic cleansing,” said the spokesperson.

By making such illegal visit, the Belgian MPs violated Azerbaijan’s laws “On exit from, entry to the country, and passports”, “On state border” and Migration Code, and these persons will be included in the list of ‘persona non grata’ of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry after the investigation, according to Hajiyev.  

Armenian diaspora circles, through such provocative actions, are trying to impede the resolution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in accordance with the norms and principles of international law, as well as restoration of peace and stability in the region, the spokesperson stressed.

The Azerbaijani side will send a letter of protest to Belgium’s executive and legislative bodies with regard to these actions that run contrary to international law and the positions of Belgium and the European Union on the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, he concluded. 

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