European politicians shocked over Azerbaijan’s shooting, demand action from EU
For the second time in September, the Azerbaijani army has shelled and shot with different calibre weapons the Republic of Armenia in the Tavush region, resulting in 3 civilian deaths and 2 seriously wounded.
Many European politicians expressed their shock over Azerbaijan’s brazen actions. Among members of European Friends of Armenia Advisory Council, French MEP Michèle Rivasi stated “I am scandalized by this violence. We know of the historical enmity which exists between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh, but this time it directly concerns Armenia. It is unacceptable. The European Commission has to denounce the acts of Azerbaijan and also to sanction them. This is not only a matter between Armenia and Azerbaijan. European and international institutions have to denounce these acts.”
Another Council member, French MP François Rochebloine concurs, and adds “I call upon France, its government and its ministry of foreign affairs to intervene and put pressure on the foreign ministry of Azerbaijan to make sure these unacceptable acts cease.”
Former President of the European Parliament, Polish MEP Jerzy Buzek commented on the incident’s repercussions for the peace process, saying that “Azerbaijan’s attack on its sovereign neighbour Armenia is even more disturbing that it happens on the eve of another effort by the OSCE Minsk Group, mediating the peace negotiations between the two countries regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”
Many other European personalities expressed their solidarity with Armenia. Foreign Affairs coordinator of the EFDD group in the EP, Italian MEP Fabio Massimo Castaldo, says “Recently we have had a strong resolution to sanction the non-respect of Human Rights in Azerbaijan and undoubtedly this resolution unleashed a strong reaction from the government of Azerbaijan. I hope that this time the European institutions are willing to condemn, without any reservations the sad events that we have seen today, the death of three Armenian women.”
Bulgarian MEP Angel Dzhambazki describes the aggression saying that “This is an act of terror”.
European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) welcomes these statements. EuFoA Director, Mr Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa, comments: “We have managed to raise awareness about these atrocious crimes, resulting in the reaction of many Members of the European Parliament and member states parliaments from all across the political spectrum, who could quickly express their solidarity with Armenia and condemn those actions. Lastly, we would like to present our deepest condolences to the families of three innocent women who lost their lives yesterday.”
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