European Parliament Members Call for Sanctions Against Baku

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Members of European Parliament Salvatore Pogliese (right) and Remo Sernagiotto (left)

STRASBOURG (ArmRadio)—Two members of Parliament, Salvatore Pogliese and Remo Sernagiotto, who could not participate in Tuesday’s debate on Nagorno-Karabakh, have tabled a written question to Federica Mogherini, EU High-Representative/Vice-President, to discuss Azerbaijani ceasefire violations.

In the document, Pogliese and Sernagiotto underline that the Azerbaijani attacks “are accompanied by gross violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law, particularly the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols of 1977, and the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child.” They especially deplore civilian victims of the conflict, saying that “Civilian infrastructures and civilian populations have been the main targets of the Azerbaijani offensive. In particular, among the first victims was a 12-year-old boy. In addition, cases of mutilation, execution and torture of civilians have been registered and documented.”

They conclude by asking Mogherini if she is going “to propose sanctions to be taken against Azerbaijan, given the breaches of the above-mentioned international law and the very basis of the EU-Azerbaijan Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.” Lastly, they ask for EU’s support to “the OSCE Minsk Group proposal on the creation of a cease-fire violations monitoring mechanism, to avoid continuous breaches of this only self-regulated truce in Europe.”

European Friends of Armenia ( encourages the parliamentarians. “Written questions are an important tool of oversight, including also EU’s foreign policy” comments EuFoA Director, Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa. “More than 6 questions have been tabled on the different hostilities that Nagorno-Karabakh has suffered in the last 12 months, which shows the deep concern of the House on this matter.”

According to the European Parliament’s rules of procedure, written questions must be answered within 6 weeks of their submission.

MEP Pogliese is member of the EPP group, the largest group in the European Parliament. MEP Sernagiotto is member of the ECR group, the third biggest group in the Parliament.


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  1. edward demian said:

    Nagorno Karabgh should attempt to sue Azerbaijan at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, for all the violations, past, present. Obtain an injunction against Azerbaijan, and serve and execute Writs of Judgment and Possession on Aliyev’s overseas holdings; which are extensive. We could choke Azerbaijan’s appetite for mischief by diminishing it’s supply of funds. Like an army of voracious ants reducing a corpse to bones, so should young Armenian and Artsackhtzy Lawyers and Legal assistants, prepare lawsuits in their thousands, overwhelming Azerbaijan’s ability to to manage and defend them individually. Forced to hire outside European Legal firms, who will be invoice at the customary ” Caviar and Champaign” rate that they are so accustomed to in their dealings with Azerbaijan.