Swedish Parliament Calls on Turkey Azerbaijan to Lift Blockade

The European Armenian Federation hails the decision; urges the European Parliament to follow suit

BRUSSELS–The Swedish Parliament adopted a report urging the European Union to call for the lifting of the ongoing Turkish and Azerbaijani blockades of Armenia–reported the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (formerly the ANC of Europe).

The decision came in response to motion # 2002/02 :U227 (v)–by Parliamentarian Murad Artin (Vnsterpartiet party)–suggesting that the government in the European Union should work for the cancellation of this blockade. According to the report prepared and unanimously adopted by the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs–the Azerbaijani and Turkish blockade of Armenia ‘is not constructive and lacks any foundation in international law.’

Further–the Foreign Affairs Committee expressed concerns that Turkey–which is actively seeking to join the European Union–is involved in this illegal and bellicose blockade. The report called on Turkey ‘to conform and respect international law–as a candidate state to the European Union.’ Commenting on the ongoing OSCE Minsk group efforts to bring a peaceful resolution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict–the report urged Azerbaijan to accept the progress made during the negotiations.

European Armenian Federation Executive Director Laurent Leylekian hailed the Swedish Parliament’s decision. ‘We welcome the Swedish Parliament’s statemen’s condemning the illegal blockade of Armenia. This decision contrasts with the usual attitude assuming an illusive equivalence between the aggressor and the victim. We hope that similar unambiguous statemen’s will encourage Turkey and Azerbaijan to work to embrace European core values and strengthen democracy–and we have no doubt that it will enhance the worldwide political credibility of Europe’ stated Leylekian.

The European Armenian Federation urges the European Union to follow the Swedish Parliament’s example– and call for the immediate and unconditional lifting of the Turkish and Azerbaijani blockades of Armenia–in an effort to facilitate the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

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