Turkish FM: Unauthorized visit to Nagorno-Karabakh is ‘a crime’
11:55, Friday, 01 December, 2017
Nagorno-Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan and thus any illegal entry into this Azerbaijani land is a crime, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, APA reported. “We became upset as we heard four Turkish citizens had traveled to Nagorno-Karabakh without the consent of Turkey and Azerbaijan,” said Cavusoglu. He noted that there is much sensitivity about Nagorno-Karabakh in particular. Cavusoglu stressed that Nagorno-Karabakh is an occupied Azerbaijani territory, just like the other seven districts. “Therefore, when Azerbaijan opened a criminal case, so did Turkey. A prosecutor called those persons for interrogation as to why they had gone without permit. The process is continuing. Meanwhile, those four people telephoned me to tell me that they did not know that their act was a crime and that they had to seek permit. I told them to say that to Azerbaijan. This is a crime. And the visitors were no school children,” he said.