Yerevan Condemns EU Parliament over Karabakh Remark

The European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France

YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—Official Yerevan criticized the European Parliament on Thursday for again effectively accusing Armenia of occupying Azerbaijani territory.

The European Union’s legislative body mentioned the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in a resolution on the EU’s Eastern Partnership program adopted on Wednesday. The resolution “recalls its position that the occupation by one country of the Eastern Partnership of the territory of another violates the fundamental principles and objectives of the Eastern Partnership.”

Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharian rejected this accusation, saying that it is at odds with the official positions of the EU as well as the United States, Russia and France, the three nations trying to broker a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.

“Despite the fact that the above mentioned resolution is non-binding, nonetheless regardless of the motivations of the authors of that wording, they should understand that they bear responsibility for its possibly negative impact on the negotiation process and undermining of the efforts of the [OSCE Minsk Group] Co-Chairs aimed at the peaceful settlement of the conflict,” Kocharian said in written comments to News.am.

Predictably, Azerbaijani officials welcomed that wording. “The more international organizations recognize the occupation of Azerbaijani lands, the better for the conflict’s resolution,” Asim Mollazade, a pro-government lawmaker, told 1news.az. Mollazade noted that the European Parliament already condemned Armenian occupation of Karabakh and surrounding territories in a 2010 resolution.

The parliament’s latest resolution also says that the Armenian-Azerbaijani dispute should be settled on the basis of the Basic Principles put forward by the three mediating powers. Those include not only territorial integrity of states but also self-determination of peoples.

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  1. boghos jermag said:

    The Shahan Natalie Family Foundation will be protesting the Republic of Armenia’s stance on this because they will accuse the Republic of Armenia’s leadership not being Armenia’s true representatives, and will discuss how European values and thoughts must carry the day

  2. ara said:

    well- i guess they occupy the old homelands of the people they butchered over there but- realistically- yeah the mongrols dumped all their people into our homeland they OCCUPY today and many other nations-east, west, south and north-so let them talk about that-and waste their time on what they think they do know which is squat

  3. zograp said:

    Եվրամիությունը կփլուզվի, ինչպես դա տեղի ունեցավ Խորհրդային Միության հետ, գտնում է Ֆրանսիայի Ագգային ճակատի առաջնորդ Մարին լը Պենը:

  4. GeorgeMardig said:

    These declarations show the real intentions of EU towards Armenia, destroy the good relations between Russia and Armenia, they do not care about Genocide or Justice, shame on you EU.

    • Gharakhanian said:

      Agreed !! Shame is not something they regard.
      In politics and diplomacy there is no shame.
      They do however respect if your diplomacy language
      Is clever and like chess! Intelligence will win.

  5. Avetis said:

    Europeans and Americans have been spitting on Armenian faces for generations and we still have nutjobs yearning to join the “European community”. It’ll be a cold day in hell when Armenians finally wake up from their political illiteracy. God bless Russia. God bless Armenia. And may God help protect the centuries long Russian-Armenian alliance from all enemies both foreign and domestic.

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