Finding the information from the Armenian Police grounded, the General Secretariat of Interpol immediately responded and submitted a notice to all the member states of Interpol. The statement released by the Armenian police reads: “Yesterday, the National Central Bureau of Interpol in Azerbaijan released a notice addressed to Interpol Member States on issuing international arrest warrant for a group of Armenian and foreign researchers conducting archaeological excavations in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR/Artsakh) in 2016.
The warrants were issued for them under the requirements of Article 116.0.8-3 (violating international humanitarian norms during the conflicts), Article 165.2.2 (violation of copyright and related rights), Article 183.2.1 (looting items of special value), Articles 183.2.2 and 281.2 (public calls against the state) and Article 318.02 (illegal crossing of the Azerbaijani state border).
On receiving the notices, the National Central Bureau of Interpol of the RA Police submitted the necessary grounds and clarifications to the General Secretariat of Interpol over the fact that the Azerbaijani side makes another attempt to drag Interpol into its political issues, which definitely contradicts Article 3 of the Constitution of the organization (“It is strictly forbidden for the Organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character) and threatens the reputation and the good name of Interpol.
In its turn, the General Secretariat of Interpol found the information received from the Armenian Police grounded, immediately responded and submitted notice to all the member states of Interpol notifying that the information on the mentioned individuals contradicts Article 3 of Interpol’s Constitution and international arrest warrant cannot be issued for them.”