Eurovision 2016 – The Eurovision Press Twitter account has just announced that the EBU is to meet with the Armenia delegation to discuss last night’s controversial flag moment. The Armenia singer, Iveta Mukuchyan, held up a flag of Nagorno Karabakh (the disputed territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan) to the camera during the broadcast. This was seen as disrespectful and re-opens the debate about flags which the EBU will have hoped had died down.
An Aftonbladet journalists asked her in the press conference about it, and she said that she “just wants peace on the borders”.
An Azeri journalist joined in at the press conference saying
“Rising the flag of an internationally recognised part of Azerbaijan is completely contrary to the international legal norms and principles, and I hope that the Eurovision committee will take serious measures on this question”
Azerbaijan entrant Samra carefully avoided being dragged into the controversy by responding that “Eurovision is a song contest and it’s all about music.”