European Parliament: No further relations with Azerbaijan and sanctions unless European human rights standards are met
The European Parliament is ready to impose sanctions on Azerbaijan and curb the current relations if demands aren’t met.
Director of European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA, www.EuFoA.org) Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa says “When an administration systematically targets parties that are part of the EU political family, as well civil society representatives that participate in EU-sponsored confidence building programs with Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, and accusing them of spying for Armenia, there is already enough grounds to activate the sanctions that the text proposes.”
In the adopted statement, European Parliament condemns Azerbaijan’s efforts to restrain contacts between the civil society, youth group activists and intellectuals from Armenian and Azerbaijan. Fostering these contacts is important when it comes to solving the long-term hostilities regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and, according to the EP motion, activists such as Leyla Yunus have done relevant and necessary work within Azerbaijan.
The European Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in Azerbaijan next year and in their wake, the Parliament urges the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to demand press freedom within the country, as well as to stop media suppression.
“Today after this resolution it becomes even clearer that the main problem for the people in South Caucasus is the Azerbaijani regime. This is true for both the Azerbaijani population who suffers the most, but also for Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh,” explains Mr Lorenzo Ochoa.
The full text of the motion can be found on the Parliament’s website here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=MOTION&reference=P8-RC-2014-0090&language=EN
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