By Vugar Khalilov
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Leyla Abdullayeva has said that
Azerbaijan expects embassy attackers in London to be brought to
justice, Azernews reports.
She made the remarks while commenting on the UK Minister for
Europe Graham Stuart's statement on the embassy attack.
“We expect that the provocation against our embassy in London
will be thoroughly investigated and the perpetrators of this
provocation will be brought to justice,” Abdullayeva stressed.
She emphasized that the incident against the Azerbaijani embassy
in London is an attack and provocation by members of a radical
religious group against the diplomatic mission, and this event
seriously raises the issue of the security of the diplomatic
“We remind once again that the security of diplomatic missions,
including diplomats, must be ensured by the host country in
accordance with international obligations. In this regard, it is
important that the British minister mentions the security of the
diplomatic staff as a priority issue,” Abdullayeva said.
As for the 'free expression of thought', the relevant
institutions of Britain, an ancient Western democracy, are likely
well aware of the ways/rules of applying this principle in a free
society, which has nothing to do with the attack on the Azerbaijani
embassy in London, the spokeswoman said.
Otherwise, interpretation of any radical and illegal step under
the guise of 'freedom' may cause serious problems for the country's
security, she added.
Stuart had stated at a meeting with the Azerbaijani ambassador
to the UK that his country profoundly regrets the assault on the
Azerbaijani embassy in London that the government places a high
value on the protection of the diplomatic staff in the country, and
that it promotes peaceful expression of freedom of thought.
'Today I spoke to Azerbaijani Ambassador Elin Suleymanov
following a serious security incident at the Azerbaijani Embassy in
London on 4 August. I emphasised the importance that the UK
government attaches to the security of all diplomatic missions in
the UK, and expressed my deep regret that the event took place. The
UK has a longstanding tradition of support for the right to freedom
of expression, but this must be exercised through peaceful and
lawful demonstration,' Stuart said.
On August 5, the Azerbaijani embassy in London was stormed by a
radical religious group.
After bursting into the embassy building, the vandalizing group
members raised religious flags and chanted radical religious
slogans on the balcony of the embassy building. After local police
intervened, the group members were escorted out of the building and
detained. The embassy staff was not injured in the incident. The
incident is being investigated by local police.
According to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, through
diplomatic channels, the issue of the security of diplomats and
diplomatic premises in accordance with the Vienna Convention was
raised with the UK authorities.
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