AZERBAIJANI FM: ALL FOREIGNERS VISITED NAGORNO-KARABAKH TO BE PERSONA NON GRATA
May 31 2010
Perhaps, Boris Gryzlov was wrongly informed about the decision of
the Azerbaijani authorities to declare persona non grata for all
foreigners who visited the occupied territories of Azerbaijan without
permission of the Azerbaijani authorities, the Azerbaijani Foreign
Ministry spokesman Elkhan Polukhov told Trend.
“This decision applies not only to Russian citizens, but also any
foreign citizen. A list of these people has been made. All of them
are listed as people whose stay in the territory of Azerbaijan is
not desirable,” Polukhov said.
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry declared five deputies of the State
Duma – Konstantin Zatulin, Igor Chernyshenko, Kirill Cherkasov,
Tatiana Volozhinskaya and Maxim Mishchenko as persona non grata for
their participation in the monitoring of the “parliamentary elections”
held May 23 by the separatist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Of course, I am against such a decision. I think that there can be
no other opinion. The deputies who were in the Nagorno-Karabakh and
observed the elections were not an official delegation of the State
Duma. Nevertheless, as far as I know, there were about 100 observers
from different countries in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The
decision concerns Russian MPs. Of course, I treat it negatively,
” Boris Gryzlov said on Monday in Yerevan, answering the question of
From: A. Papazian