Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry has summoned Greek ambassador to Azerbaijan Dimitrios Tsoungas in connection with the visit to Greece on March 13-15 of Karen Mirzoyan, who introduces himself as the representative of the illegal regime created in the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia, Hikmat Hajiyev, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesperson, told Dailykarabakh on Friday.
The ministry voiced concern and reminded the ambassador that such a move runs contrary to commitment to the principles of sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and inviolability of borders, which are mentioned in the Memorandum on the cooperation on EU issues that was signed between the two countries’ foreign ministries in 2014 and is considered to be the foundation of the friendly relations between the countries, noted Hajiyev.
The Greek ambassador was also suggested to warn Greek citizens about the illegality of visiting the Azerbaijani territories occupied Armenia, which bears legal responsibility.
Ambassador Dimitrios Tsoungas at the meeting noted that Greece supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan and promised to inform the officials of his country about the dissatisfaction and concern of the Azerbaijani side, added Hajiyev.
The Greek Foreign Ministry told the Azerbaijani Embassy in this country that Karen Mirzoyan`s trip was of a private nature and there were no meetings with Greek officials.
According to Hajiyev, it is regrettable that the EU’s ban on visits of “representatives” of the separatist regimes is selectively applied by some EU member states in related to the illegal regime created in the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia.
“Mirzoyan and other “representatives” of this illegal regime make foreign visits with diplomatic passports of Armenia. Such provocative visits are aimed at encouraging the so-called regime created as a result of the Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan, undermining the peace process mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group and escalating the situation in the region,” added the spokesperson.