Baku, Azerbaijan, May 17
By Leman Zeynalova - Trend:
Many European countries don’t want to see what happened in Nagorno-Karabakh, Norica Nicolai, the European Parliament Rapporteur on the EU-Azerbaijan Comprehensive Agreement, told EURACTIV.
“I remember that when I went to organise a meeting with people coming from Nagorno-Karabakh, internally displaced persons, they could not obtain visas from the French embassy in Baku to come to this house [European Parliament] and give testimony about what happened after they had to leave Nagorno-Karabakh. I consider this as something done by an Armenian lobby.
Armenian lobbies have a big influence. Unfortunately, many European countries react according to this lobby, they don’t want to see what’s happened in the area,” said Nicolai.
EU needs to support Azerbaijan, she added.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.
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