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Azerbaijan joined the statement of Belarusian Foreign Ministry2009-07-24 17:16
Foreign ministry of Azerbaijan calls on its citizens to obey Georgian laws, when visiting Abkhazia and South Ossetia - 1news.az.gt-en-newsitem-inside
In case the citizen of Azerbaijan arrives in South Ossetia or Abkhazia via the territory of Russia, as in this case he/she will the Georgian law and will be punished in accordance with Georgian legislation in the next travel to Georgia, said Elhan Polukhov, the Ministry spokesman.
According to Polukhov, Azerbaijan recognizes the territorial integrity of Georgia, and supports all the efforts of the Georgian side to protect the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
"Citizens of Azerbaijan must go to Georgia only through official checkpoints of Georgia. If the citizens of Azerbaijan have no corresponding permission of the Georgian side, they cannot go to theses regions via the territory of Russia," the spokesman underlined.
On July 23r the Foreign Ministry of Belarus issued a statement recommending Belarusian citizens to consider the restrictions on visiting Abkhazia and South Ossetia, set by the Georgian law.
The authorities of Abkhazia and South Ossetia have already criticized that statement calling it "more than strange' and "disrespectful to the people of the Republic of South Ossetia".