Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno Garabagh issues statement on illegal visit of co-workers of French University of Lille to Garabagh
- 29 October 2019
The Azerbaijani Community of occupied Nagorno Garabagh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan has issued a protest statement regarding the illegal visit of a delegation of French University of Lille including teachers and professors to Garabagh, APA reports.
According to the statement, a delegation of a group of teachers and professors of University of Lille of France with the organization of “Free homeland” party founded by the so-called regime in Nagorno Garabagh have paid an illegal visit to occupied Azerbaijani territories by Armenia.
“According to the Armenian media, the delegation was included scientists from various fields. During the illegal visit, the staff of the University of Lille visited “Shusha University of Technology” and voiced views regarding the future “relations”.
Azerbaijan Community of Nagorno Garabagh region of the Republic of Azerbaijan states the Community considers the illegal visit of teachers and professors of the University of Lille, having ancient traditions, to occupied Azerbaijani territories as serious irresponsibility and disrespect to international law. The “visit” also considerably damages the image of the university, which has contributed to electronics and nanotechnologies fields with scientific discoveries, in the world. How it can be possible that the teacher and professor staff of such university is unaware of the territories they visit? I wonder if these people have ever tried to get information on the history of Nagorno Garabagh and how Armenia occupied these lands. Main point is that whether teachers and professors of the University of Lille are aware of France’s position on the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan and Nagorno Garabagh’s being an inseparable part of Azerbaijan. If they are unaware of the issue, it is really very disgraceful for these scientists. If professors of the University of Lille illegally visit Nagorno Garabagh while they know France’s position, it also means disrespect to the official position of France.
On the other hand, France as a co-chair country of the OSCE Minsk Group carries out a mediation mission between Armenia and Azerbaijan. In this case, the illegal visit of professors and teachers of the University of Lille also calls into question the country's neutral mediator's reputation in the negotiations.
We - the Azerbaijani community of the Nagorno Garabagh region also convey our objection to the leadership of the French University of Lille. We believe that the administration of this university will take serious measures regarding this illegal visit and to prevent the repetition of such cases, which are considered as an insult to the natural human rights of Azerbaijani citizens expelled from the Nagorno Garabagh region of Azerbaijan”, reads the statement.