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Parliamentary questions
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21 June 2021
Question for written answer  E-003231/2021
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Loucas Fourlas (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Conclusion of sham trial of 14 Armenian prisoners

Despite continued allegations and condemnations of war crimes committed by Azeri nationals, another sham trial is now under way in Baku.

We have throughout been witnessing total disregard for the 10 November agreement and for all ceasefire arrangements. Although a full ceasefire and an end to all hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region have been agreed and despite assurances regarding the return of prisoners, which Armenia has respected, Azerbaijan is still failing to comply.

Fourteen Armenian prisoners snatched from territory controlled by the Republic of Artsakh after 10 November have now been illegally put on trial while the international community is simply looking on.

Such criminal actions by Azerbaijan cannot be allowed to continue. With verbal expressions of disapproval falling on deaf ears, we will be nothing more than spectators to this unfolding drama unless Europe is willing to launch a strong coordinated response that will make a real impact on Baku.

Can the Commission say whether it is planning to take decisive and effective action to help ensure compliance with agreements regarding an immediate exchange of prisoners?

Original language of question: EL
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