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Eurovision slams Karabakh flag waving as “a political message”

Eurovision slams Karabakh flag waving as “a political message”

PanARMENIAN.Net - Eurovision Song Contest officials have warned Armenia's contestant Iveta Mukuchyan for brandishing the flag of Nagorno Karabakh, Miami Herald reports.

Mukuchyan waved the flag during a qualifying event late Tuesday, May 10.

The European Broadcasting Union, the alliance of public broadcasters that produces the annual contest, on Wednesday called the incident a "serious breach" of its ban on political messages.

It said Armenia's public broadcaster would face yet-to-be-determined sanctions and that "any further breach of the rules of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest could lead to disqualification from this year's event or any successive editions."

Contestants from both Armenia and Azerbaijan qualified for the Eurovision final on Saturday.

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