BAKU: BBC Radio station warned

[May 25, 2004, 23:03:55]

Azer Tag, Azerbaijan State Info Agency
May 25 2004

In connection with the fact that correspondent of BBC radio station,
ignoring the laws of Azerbaijan, has gone to Nagorny Karabakh occupied
by the Armenians and has broadcast a program, chairman of the State
Broadcasting Company Nizami Khudiyev has sent to the management of
the said radio station a letter with warning.

According to the norms of international law, the broadcasting company
cannot suspend transmission of radio station directly, Nizami Khudiyev
told AzerTAj correspondent. Therefore, the management of BBC was
warned by means of the letter, also was brought to their notice
that actions of the employee of radio station contradict norms of
international law and the mentioned fact serves interests of one of
the conflicting sides – Armenia.

In the letter, also is underlined that if employees of the radio
station repeatedly will admit similar facts, then, broadcasting of
BBC in Azerbaijan would be suspended.

It has to be reminded that the BBC broadcasts in Azerbaijan within two
hours per day – 1 hour in the Azerbaijan language and for 30 minutes –
in Russian and English languages.