Azerbaijan’s Permanent representative of Azerbaijan to the UN, Ambassador Agshin Mehdiyev sent a letter to the UN Secretary-General on Armenia’s steps towards opening of an airport in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said.
In the mentioned letter, the Secretary General was informed that Armenia is taking steps to operate Khojaly Airport in, and illegally use the airspace over, the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan currently occupied by Armenian armed forces: “Establishing the so-called “Artsakh Airport”, Armenia demonstrated its intention to operate flights, including military ones, into and from Khojaly Airport (referred to by the Armenian side as “Stepanakert airport”)”. Such attempts clearly display a manifest disregard for international law, undermine the peace process and aggravate regional security concerns.
The government of Azerbaijan wishes to inform the member-states of the United Nations that the so-called “Stepanakert Airport” is not an approved under the legislation of Azerbaijan. Consequently all flights operated from and into that airport are illegal and violate the foundational principles and objectives of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Azerbaijan called on UN member-states to refrain from cooperating with “Stepanakert Airport” and “Artsakh Air Company”.