Speaking to reporters on March 2, Hajiyev said since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, Armenia has settled 15,000-20,000 Syrian Armenians in its territories.
The spokesperson said that the prosecution of foreign nationals as well as legal entities and individuals who engage in illegal activities in occupied Azerbaijani territories is on the ministry’s agenda.
The ministry is cooperating with the Prosecutor General’s Office and other law-enforcement agencies, Hajiyev said.
“A criminal case has been initiated against a Swiss company director, Franck Muller. Azerbaijan had first contacted his country. Since no effective action was taken to prevent his illegal activity, Azerbaijan opened a criminal case under its national law,” he said.
According to Hajiyev, a statement issued by the OSCE fact-finding mission to those areas says such illegal acts are a serious obstacle to peace settlement.
“No deterrent action was taken to eliminate the consequences of undeniable facts. This is a special theme of discussion. The co-chairs too are supposed to take relevant steps since they act as director mediators in the settlement of this conflict. Another thing is, Armenia causes serious obstacles to this kind of missions,” he added.
Hajiyev said that the illegal economic activities in the occupied territories are mainly carried out by natives of Armenia who have close contacts with the Armenian diaspora.
“However, there are some foreign citizens who are involved in these activities for the purpose of making profit. Besides, the persons who are exempted from tax are implementing various infrastructure projects under the guise of a humanitarian mission,” he stressed.