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FM: Turkish Citizens’ Illegal Visit to Occupied Azerbaijani Lands Under Investigation

Published: 12-01-2017

Turkish citizens’ illegal visit to the occupied Azerbaijani territories is being investigated, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Baku Nov. 30.

The minister said the Turkish citizens who illegally visited the occupied Azerbaijani territories gave testimony in a court.

Cavusoglu expressed regret over the visit of Turkish citizens to the occupied Azerbaijani territories.

"An illegal visit to the occupied Azerbaijani territories is a crime," the minister said. “Let everyone know that no one has the right to visit Nagorno-Karabakh region without Azerbaijan’s permission."

On Sept. 22, Turkish citizens Ufuk Uras, Ali Bayramoglu, Said Cekinoglu and Erol Katircioglu illegally visited Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region, occupied by Armenian armed forces.

Grave Crimes Investigation Department of the Azerbaijani Prosecutor General's Office filed a criminal case under the Criminal Code’s Article 318.2 (illegally crossing Azerbaijan’s state borders). All four individuals are accused under the abovementioned article. A measure of restraint in the form of arrest was chosen against them. They were declared internationally wanted.

An appeal was sent to the Turkish law enforcement to detain the four individuals.

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 districts.

The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend.Az