September 10, 2013 - 20:19 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Azeri Foreign Ministry found new victims to blacklist: this time, it’s a group of Danish MPs and journalists headed by Eva Kjer Hansen, Chairwoman of the Committee on European Affairs of the Danish Parliament.
As Azeri Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev stated, the Ministry is investigating the information on Danish journalists' visit to "occupied territories." "Azeri embassy in London was given relevant instructions, with a decision to be taken based on investigation results," he said. And quite seriously, at that.
Actually, there's nothing to investigate: official information on the visit was released by Artsakh Foreign Ministry press service, along with details of Karabakh Foreign Minister's meeting with the guests.
Although the visit of the Danish delegation is a fact, Azerbaijan is still eager to "investigate." The black list – peak of Azeri diplomatic stupidity - has been mentioned so often, that the fact will soon be ridiculed overtly. In any case, Baku is far from reaching its goal of preventing visits to the Nagrono Karabakh Republic, with the fact proved by Russian and Danish delegations travelling to Arstakh, to say nothing about the tourists.
Back in early August, when the black list was released, no one included in it expressed regret over having visited Artsakh. On the contrary – whoever traveled to NKR said they'll visit the Republic again. Those who failed to find their names in the list, urged Baku to fix its mistake by announcing them personae non-grata. Even those expressing intention to travel to Artsakh were blacklisted.
Any other sensible country would try to hush up such a disgraceful step, by rushing to "forget" about it – but not Azerbaijan.
Azeris would do well to save themselves from further ridicule, what with half the world laughing at them already. Even the best joke repeated one too many times becomes annoying.