Azerbaijan excludes Russian and Argentinean citizens from 'Karabakh blacklist'
Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry has removed the name of a Russian citizen Maria Nemtsova and a citizen of the Republic of Argentina Juan Manuel Domingez, who are members of the Music for Peace project, from its list of unwanted persons.
Nemtsova sent a letter to Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry asking for removal of her name from the 'List of foreign citizens who illegally visited the occupied territories of Azerbaijan'. In her letter, Nemtsova noted that she visited the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan within the Music for Peace project in 2015 and was unaware of prohibition of traveling to that territory without the consent of the Azerbaijani government, as well as the consequences of this.
"This visit did not mean my disrespect for Azerbaijan and its people," she noted in the letter, adding that as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, more than one million Azerbaijanis became refugees and IDPs and more than 20,000 people were killed.
Reaffirming her full respect to the Azerbaijani laws, Maria Nemtsova apologized to the government and people of the country for her unauthorized visit to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. She also expressed her intention to visit Baku, especially the liberated Jojug Marjanli village within the Music for Peace project in order to organize master classes and perform charity concert programs for Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs.
"Maria Nemtsova's appeal was duly considered and the decision was made to remove her name from the black list," Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Juan Manuel Dominguez sent a similar letter to the ministry. Appeal by Juan Manuel Dominguez was considered and the decision was made to remove his name from the list.