A group of MPs of Bulgaria’s Patriotic Front Party illegally visited the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, according to Armenian media outlets, Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry, told Trend May 26.
This visit, which wasn’t coordinated with anyone, is considered by Azerbaijan as an attempt to promote the fictitious regime created in the wake of the military aggression, occupation, and bloody ethnic cleansing in its Armenian-occupied Azerbaijani territories, he said.
This illegal visit shows that some people in Bulgaria are seriously bothered by the country’s friendly and strategic partner relations with Azerbaijan, Hajiyev added.
“Unfortunately, Yerevan is busy committing such unnecessary and meaningless provocative acts instead of preparing the basis for the comprehensive and substantial talks mentioned at the Vienna [presidential] meeting,” said Hajiyev.
“With regard to the illegal and provocative visit, the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Bulgaria will appeal to this country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the National Assembly (Parliament) and convey Azerbaijan’s concern,” he said.
After the necessary specification, their names [of Bulgarian MPs] will be added to the list of undesirable persons of Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry, Hajiyev said.
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.