Azerbaijan blacklists head of Georgian Writers Union over NK visit

Interfax, Russia
Nov 22 2012

Azerbaijan blacklists head of Georgian Writers Union over
Nagorno-Karabakh visit

BAKU. Nov 22

The head of the Writers Union of Georgia has been declared persona non
grata by Azerbaijan for visiting Nagorno-Karabakh, the country’s
disputed enclave that is under Armenian military occupation, without
consent from Azeri authorities, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said.

The ministry is trying to identify all the members of the delegation
that Makvala Gonashvili took to Nagorno-Karabakh with her, ministry
spokesman Elman Abdullayev said.

Armenian media said Makvala Gonashvili led a 10-member delegation to
the Writer As A Peace Messenger poetry festival in Nagorno-Karabakh in

Gonashvili told reporters afterward that her visit had not been a
political move and that she had been unaware that Azeri approval was
needed for it.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS