Azerbaijan probes illegal arms sales by Albania to Armenia

Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov said he has sent letters to both the Albanian capital of Tirana and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) concerning illegal arms sales to Armenia by Albania.

Azerbaijan probes illegal arms sales by Albania to Armenia
Azerbaijan's Foreign Minister Elmar Mamedyarov said on Monday he has sent letters to both the Albanian capital of Tirana and the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) concerning illegal arms sales to Armenia by Albania, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Last week it emerged that Turkey turned back an Albanian ship transporting heavy weaponry bound for Armenia at the Bosporus. "Officials in Ankara have refused transit to a sizable consignment of weapons and ammunition bound for Armenia.

The ship was turned back at the Bosporus along with its cargo," Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha was then quoted as saying in the Azerbaijani media. Noting that the letter sent to Tirana was not meant to protest the Albanian officials, Mamedyarov said Baku asked Tirana for an explanation and information on the issue.

The Azerbaijani minister said his country has also appealed to OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu and the head of the organization's Foreign Ministers' Council, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri, concerning the same issue as Albania and Azerbaijan are both members of the organization.

In the letters Baku stressed that arms sales to Armenia were in violation of the UN's related resolutions and brought to mind the fact that a territory inside Azerbaijan has still been under Armenian occupation, referring to the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

"As you know, over 800,000 Azerbaijanis became refugees as a result of Armenian aggression and ethnic cleansing. According to OIC resolutions, in order to prevent Armenia from continuing aggression and enlarging the conflict, the organization member states should not sell military supplies and weapons to Armenia and should not allow their countries to be used as transit countries.

This fact contradicts norms and principles of international law. Baku is against war and regards selling military supplies and weapons to Armenia as an act against Azerbaijan," the letter was quoted as saying by the Azerbaijani media.

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