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Wednesday, 7 October 2020 - Brussels Revised edition

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

  Markéta Gregorová (Verts/ALE). – Mr President, High Representative, dear colleagues, for me as a member of the Euronest Bureau it is incredibly saddening to witness such acrimony and outspoken hostility between two participating countries. The objective to increase cooperation between the EU and our Eastern neighbours, which we are carrying out through the Eastern Partnership, obliges us to pay full attention to the ongoing conflict and to play a proactive role in its peaceful resolution.

I call on you, Mr Borrell, to start negotiating the conflict resolution with both parties. Some may explicitly take sides and support one country or the other, but this House should stick to two simple but fundamental points. Firstly, hostilities should cease immediately. Above all, it is imperative that Armenia and Azerbaijan must stop targeting civilians. At least four journalists were severely injured a few days back, while civilian casualties are being reported daily by both sides as a consequence of heavy fighting and bombings of inhabited centres.

Secondly, neighbouring powers should refrain from fanning the flames of war through military statements and military support of any kind. Whoever engages in these acts puts the stability of the region further at risk and hinders any attempt to bring the warring parties to the negotiating table. In this regard, Erdoğan’s Turkey is displaying very irresponsible behaviour, which must be firmly condemned by all political forces.

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