The Guardian has published a letter of respond by Tahir Taghizade, Ambassador of Azerbaijan in London regarding the inclusion of Azerbaijan’s occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region in an article on “The best new adventures for 2015” published by the newspaper on January 10.
Mr. Taghizade said inclusion of Nagorno-Karabakh in the article is disrespectful to the people of Azerbaijan.
“Nagorno-Karabakh is an internationally recognized part of Azerbaijan currently under the occupation of Armenian armed forces. Do you think it is morally right to encourage an aggressor to maintain control over a portion of a territory of another country and show total neglect of the sufferings of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people? Sadly, your piece plays into the hands of the separatist regime, which strives to legitimize its act of occupation. The Guardian’s stance against recent separatist tendencies in the post-Soviet space is commendable, and one would wish the same sensitivity shown to Azerbaijan,” the ambassador noted.
“The Foreign Office warns against any travel to Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding occupied regions of Azerbaijan. By promoting Nagorno-Karabakh as a so-called tourist “destination” you mislead the public and potentially put their lives at risk; also, those taking unauthorized trips will be unable to travel to the rest of Azerbaijan in future,” the letter says.