Extradition Of Blogger To Azerbaijan Legal, Says Envoy
The extradition of a blogger from Belarus to Azerbaijan for alleged unlawful visits to occupied Karabakh is "entirely legal," Azerbaijan's ambassador to Turkey insisted on Tuesday.
Baghirov said Lapshin's case indicated that Armenia fraudulently enticed foreign nationals to travel to Azerbaijan's occupied territories and tried to convert them into tools of propaganda. He said Azerbaijan always demonstrated its "unequivocal" position with regard to people who violate national and international laws.
The ambassador described Lapshin's extradition as a "triumph of international law" and showed that traveling to occupied Karabakh is not a trip to a tourist zone as presented by Armenia, but a criminal offense. Azerbaijan and Armenia remain in dispute over the occupied Karabakh region. Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan in 1991 with Armenian military support, and a peace process has yet to be implemented. Armenia and Azerbaijan fought a six-year war over occupied Karabakh in the late 1980s until a 1994 cease-fire. Since the end of the war in 1994, Armenia and Azerbaijan have held talks under the supervision of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Minsk Group.
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