By Rashid Shirinov
Azerbaijan has warned Grant Thornton, one of the world's largest professional services network of independent accounting and consulting member firms, over inadmissibility of its daughter company’s activity in the occupied territories of the country.
The Economy Ministry of Azerbaijan has studied the issue of illegal activities of Grant Thornton’s daughter company Grand Thornton Armenia in the occupied Azerbaijani lands, the ministry told APA on May 10.
The study revealed that in 2015, Grand Thornton Armenia audited the fixed assets of projects implemented by Armenian Hayastan Foundation in the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia.
In this regard, a representative of Grand Thornton International Ltd on Azerbaijan was summoned to the Azerbaijani Economy Ministry.
After that, the Central Office of the company sent a letter to Grand Thornton Armenia, in which noted the inadmissibility of illegal activities in the occupied Azerbaijani territories and expressed the harsh response of the Azerbaijani side. The head company also mentioned that if the member companies don’t obey the requirements, they will be removed from the network.
Azerbaijan takes necessary measures against those, who are engaged in illegal economic activity in the Azerbaijani territories occupied by Armenia.
In general, unauthorized visits to Nagorno-Karabakh and other occupied regions of Azerbaijan are considered illegal and individuals who pay such visits are included in the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s “black list”.
Baku has repeatedly warned foreign officials and diplomats against unauthorized visits to territories under Armenian occupation, stating that such visits violate international law. The country urges all foreign nationals to refrain from traveling to the occupied territories in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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