Jan 23, 2021
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European Parliament passed resolution on Karabakh and condemned Turkey’s intervention

The European Parliament is confident that the EU should play a more active role in the South Caucasus

The European Parliament adopted the annual reports on the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) on European security issues.

The first document pays special attention to the problem of Nagorno-Karabakh and events in the region.

In the report CFSP it is said that the European Parliament considered and took into account the trilateral statement of the heads of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan dated November 9, 2020 on the cessation of hostilities in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh. The EU Parliament has condemned all attacks against civilians, destruction of infrastructure and homes, and the use of cluster munitions, urging Yerevan and Baku to ratify the Convention on Cluster Weapons.

“A lasting settlement in the region has not yet been found, the process of determining the future legal status of the region should be carried out within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmanship and on the basis of its basic principles. Azerbaijan must ensure the safety of the Armenian population and the Armenian cultural heritage, as well as the safe return of internally displaced persons and refugees to the places of their former residence, ”

– the document says.

A separate paragraph in the resolution notes the destabilizing role of Turkey in the South Caucasus and calls on Ankara “Refrain from interfering in the Karabakh conflict”… According to the European Parliament, this interference is expressed, among other things, in the provision of military assistance to Baku and in the transfer of militants from Syria to the war zone in Karabakh, where they fought on the side of Azerbaijan. The facts of the presence of foreign terrorist fighters in the region must be thoroughly investigated at the international level, and the perpetrators must be punished as they deserve, the report emphasizes.

In addition, the European Parliament insists on the early return of all prisoners and detainees, as well as on the preservation of the cultural heritage of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“The European Union must take responsibility for the situation in the region, and also play a more active and effective role in resolving tensions and in preventing further conflicts, rendering assistance to the OSCE Minsk Group in every possible way,”

– the European Parliament concludes.

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