Parliament requires sanctions on Azerbaijan

36 Parliament requires sanctions on Azerbaijan

The legislature’s overseas affairs committee has condemned the Azeri army’s “unjustified” assault on the disputed province of Nagorno-Karabakh

The European Parliament’s International affairs committee has condemned Azerbaijan’s “pre-planned and unjustified” assault on the ethnic-Armenian province of Nagorno-Karabakh. Ought to Baku refuse to name off the assault, the committee advisable on Tuesday that the European Council impose sanctions on Azerbaijan.

“Within the absence of an instantaneous halt to the continuing assault, we name on the Council to essentially rethink the EU’s relations with Azerbaijan on this mild, and contemplate imposing sanctions towards accountable Azerbaijani authorities,” learn a joint assertion from committee chairman David McAllister and its rapporteurs to the Caucasus area, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.

The Azeri army introduced “counter-terrorism measures” in Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday morning, because the Armenian facet reported missile and artillery strikes on the area’s capital of Stepanakert, and tank assaults alongside the border with Azerbaijan. The Azeri facet claimed that Armenian troops in Nagorno-Karabakh opened fireplace on their positions within the early hours of the morning, a declare that Yerevan denies.

The US, EU, and Russia – which has a peacekeeping contingent stationed in Nagorno-Karabakh – have all referred to as on each side to settle their variations peacefully. Officers within the province itself have appealed to their Azeri counterparts to stop fireplace and “sit down on the negotiating desk to resolve this case.”

Nagorno-Karabakh declared independence from Azerbaijan within the waning days of the USSR. The predominantly ethnically Armenian inhabitants of the area fought a full-scale conflict for its sovereignty within the Nineties and has been supported by Yerevan ever since. A second battle over the enclave broke out in 2020, which ended with the lack of some territory to Azerbaijan, and left Nagorno-Karabakh linked to Armenia by the Lachin hall, a mountain rode that was the only real provide path to the territory till it was blockaded by Baku-backed environmental activists final yr.

Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of utilizing the blockade to facilitate the “ethnic cleaning” of Nagorno-Karabakh. In its assertion on Tuesday, the committee condemned Azerbaijan’s position in sustaining the blockade, accusing Baku of making a “main humanitarian disaster.” 

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