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British MP sends protest letter to Chatham House director

Baku – APA. Bob Blackman, British MP, Chairman of the Azerbaijan All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) condemned the invitation of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, to Bako Sahakyan, so-called ‘president’ of the unrecognised occupying regime in Nagorno-Karabakh, to speak.

Bob Blackman told the European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) that he has already sent a letter of protest to Robin Niblett, Director of Chatham House, in this regard, TEAS told APA on July 7.

 

In his letter, the MP said: "Only last week I was at a book launch commemorating the Khojaly tragedy, so it was a shock to hear that the Bako Sahakyan, so-called ‘president’ of the unrecognised occupying regime in Nagorno-Karabakh, has been invited by Chatham House to speak. The UK government does not recognise the illegal regime in Nagorno-Karabakh however as private individual the UK government has no power to stop Sahakyan from visiting the UK. This is a private visit with no official recognition, however as chair of the Azerbaijan APPG it saddens me to think that somebody who has caused so much suffering is being given a platform to speak at a prestigious institution like Chatham House and would call for this event to be cancelled."

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