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Wednesday, 7 October 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

The resumption of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan in relation to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (debate)

  Marina Kaljurand (S&D). – Mr President, I would like to thank the High Representative for his remarks and comments. I would like to share some thoughts as the Chair of the South Caucasus delegation after I spoke to my counterparts, Mr Arman Yeghoyan and Mr Javanshir Feyziyev. The EU does not have a formal role in the Minsk Group negotiations, but that does not mean that we should not be active, vocal and crystal clear about our messages. We are talking about our Eastern Partnership and we are talking about our eastern partners.

First, we should convince the political leaderships of both sides to establish a ceasefire and protect civilians. Reports, if they are true, about the use of cluster bombs are very worrisome and, High Representative, I agree that we need clear facts and information from the region. Second, we should convince both sides to return to the negotiations without preconditions and with good faith and commitment so that this time there will be a solution based on UN resolutions, Minsk Group basic principles and international law. Third, we should urge other regional powers, especially Russia and Turkey, to stay out of the military conflict. The interference of any outside elements will expand the conflict and make the escalation more difficult. War is never a solution. The people of Nagorno—Karabakh deserve long—lasting peace and prosperity.

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