European parliamentarian calls for Mogherini to be more involved in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18
By Gulgiz Muradova – Trend
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy has to be more involved in resolution of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Nathalie Goulet, French senator and vice-chair of the Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee, told Trend when commenting on the annual report on common foreign and security policy adopted by the European Parliament, with reference to the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. The document for the first time reaffirmed EU's commitments to support the territorial integrity of all Eastern Partnership countries within their internationally recognized borders.
Goulet said that the European Union finally made a statement supporting the territorial integrity of the Eastern Partnership countries.
Stressing that the best would be strong decisions, Goulet said: “We have now to wait the concretizations of this announcement.”
“Words are fine but I do prefer acts. I think the parliamentary diplomacy is a major tool. We have to work more together with the European Parliament and the MPs involved and knowledgeable on the question,” she noted.
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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