8:07 am - Wednesday January 24, 2018

Deputies of European parliament propose to replace France in the Minsk Group on the European Union

20123368 Deputies of European parliament propose to replace France in the Minsk Group on the European UnionOn March 22 the Commission for External Relations of the European Parliament adopted recommendation to the Council of Europe and the European Commission on the course of negotiation of the Association Agreement between the EU and Armenia.

One hundred and amendments of deputies of the European parliament have been attached to the report, and most of them are on the Karabakh conflict.

Thus, most deputies believe that Armenia ignores the execution of the four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its military forces from the occupied territories around Nagorno-Karabakh, and the restoration of peace and confidence in the region.

Many deputies of the European parliament blame Armenia for ignoring peace initiatives, blocking the peace process and achieve long-term resolution. In particular, they note inadmissibility of occupation of Azerbaijani territory, sending Armenian soldiers to serve in the Nagorno-Karabakh, etc.

Deputy Ulrike Lunache proposed to replace France in the European Union in the OSCE Minsk Group, what would increase the influence and role of Europe in the Karabakh conflict.

According to Armenian media, the resolution together with the amendments will be submitted for the vote in the European Parliament’s plenary session to be held next month.

Some weeks ago the European Parliament delegation visited Armenia and Azerbaijan for the assessment of the course of negotiations on the development of bilateral relations with the EU.

Similar recommendations have been prepared on Azerbaijan on the necessity of providing by the authorities of the country civil rights and freedoms, press freedom, and norms of democracy.

Deputies of European parliament called on the European commission to pay more attention to ensuring rights and freedoms in Azerbaijan, support of independent media and human rights activists.

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