Azerbaijani youth hold protest action in front of EU Delegation building (UPDATE)
Details added (first version posted on 11:02)
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 11
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
Members of Azerbaijani youth organizations held a protest action in front of the building of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan June 11.
The protest action was held against the policy of double standards of the EU towards Azerbaijan.
The protestors said that the EU has taken a biased position towards Azerbaijan and pursues the policy of double standards.
The participants said that over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and IDPs [as a result of Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan].
"However, EU and the European Parliament prefer no to talk about that, but to be engaged in protecting the rights of two or three prisoners," said the protestors.
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 two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
The protestors said the European Parliament politicizes the European Games and uses them as a tool of pressure against Azerbaijan.
The protest action was held under such slogans as "Leave Azerbaijan alone", "Maybe sanctions against aggressor Armenia?" and others.
A resolution was adopted following the protest action.
In this resolution, the representatives of Azerbaijani youth organizations protested the illogical activities of President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.
They also demanded to put an end to the biased activities against Azerbaijan.
Moreover, the protestors demand the EU, heads of its member countries which have imposed tough sanctions against Russia to take appropriate measures against occupier Armenia, said the resolution.
The protestors expressed hope that the members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and EU Council will take into account their demands.
Edited by SI