The Embassy of Azerbaijan in Canada has sent a note of protest to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada over the illegal visit of two Canadian MPs –Tony Clement and Rachel Harder – to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan on September 2, 2017, the spokesman for Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry, Hikmat Hajiyev, told APA.
The abovementioned Canadian MPs were included in the list of undesirable persons of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, said the spokesman.
According to Hajiyev, the response note received from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development reaffirmed that Canada recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, including Azerbaijan’s sovereignty over the occupied region of Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven surrounding districts.
“It also states that Canada does not recognize the “Nagorno-Karabakh Republic” or its “officials” and that the Government of Canada continues to support the OSCE Minsk Group process as the best means for the peaceful resolution of the conflict," he said.
In its response, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canda said the two Canadian MPs did not visit Azerbaijan’s occupied territories on behalf of the Canadian government, and the government was not informed in advance of this plan, added Hajiyev.
The response note also says that Canada is aware of Azerbaijan’s policy on entry to Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven surrounding districts and for this reason calls on its citizens to refrain from traveling to the occupied territories, said the spokesman.