Although the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs has regularly warned all the foreign nationals to refrain themselves from travelling to the occupied territories in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the number of foreign officials, journalists, and musicians paying illegal visits to the occupied Azerbaijani lands show no signs of abating. Even the figures representing the legislative branches of certain states do not refrain from visiting the occupied territories. Recently the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has summoned Portugal’s Charge d' Affaires over the illegal visit of Portuguese parliamentarian Rubina Berardo to the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia. In addition, a few days later, Canadian parliamentarian Tony Clement paid an illegal visit to Nagorno-Karabakh with the direct assistance of the Canadian bureau of the Armenian National Committee and the Armenian lobby. Azerbaijani MFA has denounced this visit either and characterized this act as another Armenian provocation. This list can further be expanded. Almost in every cases, the Azerbaijani side faces with the same reply: visits to Nagorno-Karabakh are of private nature and have nothing to do with the official position of a state. Given the fact that a person becomes an MP or an official figure within a certain legislative procedures confirmed by authorized state agencies, then each step, speech and even gestures should comply with the official position of the state they represent. So, which factors trigger people, who have no nexus with Nagorno-Karabakh even in a broader concept with South Caucasus, to pay illegal visits to Azerbaijani occupied lands?
“First of all, many of the lawmakers from Western countries who are misled about the nature of Nagorno-Karabakh armed conflict are lured into traveling to Nagorno-Karabakh as part of an information campaign. We have yet to see Armenian government and lobby bring lawmakers from Eastern or African countries to the occupied territories. The reason they are concentrating on the West is due to their willingness to get these lawmakers speak on behalf of the Armenian interests and institute non-binding documents in their parliaments supporting the illegal regime installed by Armenia in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan,” Peter Tase, the political analyst and international relations expert said.
According to the political analyst, illegal visits to the occupied Azerbaijani lands are completely immoral and against the Judeo-Christian values of the Canadian government, against the values of Canadian society and in complete violation to the human rights and international laws. He considers that these acts are unacceptable.
“All they have to do is get citizens of Armenian origin in those countries, like Canada and US contribute small sums to lawmakers’ political campaigns and pledge their votes. Armenians think that just the mere presence of a Canadian lawmaker in the illegally occupied territories of Azerbaijan gives the separatist regime some kind of legitimacy. Hence, the effort to get as many lawmakers from the Western countries into the occupied Karabakh region is a total fiasco,” Peter Tase said.
Peter Tase emphasized that all international violators should be reminded that the conflict between the two Southern Caucasus countries began after Armenia’s territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
“The Armenian government has committed so many crimes against humanity by conducting over a 2 decades invasion of sovereign territories of Azerbaijan,” Peter Tase said.
Notably, the Azerbaijani MFA has published a note on its website for the foreign nationals wishing to travel to the occupied territories of the Republic of Azerbaijan. According to the note, any visit without the consent of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the occupied Azerbaijani territories will be considered as a violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and as a breach of national legislation, as well as relevant norms and principles of international law. Those who traveled without prior permission of the Republic of Azerbaijan will be denied the entry to the Republic of Azerbaijan.