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Chairman of Union of Writers of Georgia cannot enter Azerbaijan2012-12-05 12:40
Poetess, chairman of the Union of Writers of Georgia Makvala Gonashvili was not allowed in Azerbaijan because of her recent visit to Nagorno-Karabakh, the News-Georgia reports.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"The Georgian Foreign Ministry told me that I should temporarily refrain from traveling to Azerbaijan. Not a single word about politics has been told during the evening in Nagorno-Karabakh. I hope the restriction on entry to Azerbaijan is temporary", said the poetess.
According to her, she sent a letter to the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Georgia and Azerbaijani Writers Union, in which she explained her decision to visit Nagorno-Karabakh, and expects the response on Wednesday, December 5.
The poetess has expressed regret over the fact that this trip had upset her Azerbaijani friends: "This my step might have closed the door to Azerbaijan for me, but much sadder if I have closed the hearts of my Azerbaijani friends".
As recalled by the APA.az, on November 17-18, Gonashvili visited Nagorno-Karabakh and performed at poetry readings. After that, the spokesman of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Elman Abdullayev made a dramatic statement noting that Gonashvili had been included in the "list of unwanted guests" of Azerbaijan. The Writers' Union of Azerbaijan has also condemned this visit.