Holdİng football tournament İn occupİed Karabakh blatantly vİolates İnt’l law: Azerbaİjanİ communİty
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec26
Head of the Azerbaijani community of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan Tural Ganjaliyev has sent a letter of protest to Per-Anders Blind, President of the Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA), Trend reports with reference to the community’s website.
The letter expresses the deepest concern and resentment of the Azerbaijani community of the Nagorno-Karabakh region with regard to the information published on CONIFA's website that the Confederation will host “2019 European Football Cup” in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan in June 2019.
“Armenia’s military aggression led to the occupation of 20 percent of the territory of Azerbaijan – Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts,” reads the letter. “Armenia carried out a total ethnic cleansing of the Azerbaijani population in the occupied territories, including Nagorno-Karabakh. Conducting of that policy culminated in ethnic cleansing with over one million of Azerbaijanis becoming refugees and IDPs. More than 80,000 members of the Azerbaijani community of the Nagorno-Karabakh region were forced to live as IDPs in different regions across Azerbaijan for more than 30 years.”
The letter stresses that the organization of this tournament by CONIFA blatantly violates the norms and principles of international law and contradicts the official stance of the world community and the international organizations that support the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan.