By Javanshir Feyziyev :-
M. Kalyurand (Estonia), Co-Chair of the Cooperation Committee for the South Caucasus and the European Parliament (EP), Jelyana Zovko (Croatia) and Andrei Kovachev (Bulgaria), EP Permanent Rapporteurs on Azerbaijan and Armenia, signed a Joint Statement on Tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia.
The fact that the lies deliberately spread by Armenian political circles and the international Armenian Diaspora about the alleged entry of the Azerbaijani Army into the territory of Armenia on May 12,2021 mirrored in the Statement shows that the text of the statement was prepared at the European Office of the Armenian Diaspora. This is confirmed also by the fact that the members of the European Parliament, who expressed their condolences for the Armenian soldiers killed during the border incidents, did not remember the Azerbaijani soldier who died as a result of the same incidents.
In response to this provocation by the European Armenian Diaspora and to clarify the latest developments on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border, we declare that after the end of the 30-year occupation, the Azerbaijani Army, in accordance with international law and within the framework of its powers defined by the Constitution of Azerbaijan, is restoring its legal deployment points to protect the pre-conflict and internationally recognized borders between the two countries. Describing these steps in the implementation of the Tripartite Declaration of 10 November 2020 as an occupation of Armenian territory is a widely used lie in the internal political struggle between the government and the opposition in Armenia, and it is unfortunate that the members of the European Parliament have presented this lie as the truth through the efforts of the Armenian Diaspora.
It is generally surprising that the authors of the statement demanded the Azerbaijani military to withdraw to its positions prior to May 12th. Since any movement of military forces within its legal territory is a sovereign right of every country, including Azerbaijan, it is unacceptable for members of the EP to voice opinions and demands that contradict the sovereign rights of other states. It is also unreasonable for members of the European Parliament to object to the names of places used in the political agenda of Azerbaijan and the views expressed on the establishment of modern Armenia in the historical lands of Azerbaijan. The establishment of modern Armenia on historical Azerbaijani lands in 1918 and the significant expansion of Armenian territory at the expense of Azerbaijani lands in the early years of the Soviet Empire are historical facts, reflected in relevant official documents and neither Armenia nor other forces seeking to justify its occupation policy can refute these facts.
At the same time, we once again bring to the attention of our European colleagues that Azerbaijan accepts the internationally recognized territorial integrity of all states, including Armenia, and does not make any territorial claims against any state. Ensuring the return of hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijani nationals who lived in Armenia before the conflict and were expelled from Armenia as a result of the conflict is their right guaranteed by international law, and the restoration of the refugee’s rights is a natural obligation of the international community, including the European Parliament, born of European values and universal human rights. In this regard, Azerbaijan, just like all international organizations, calls on the European Parliament to contribute to ensuring the return of ethnic Azerbaijani refugees to their permanent residences in Armenia.
The authors of the statement’s call for a “negotiated settlement of the prolonged conflict and the determination of the future status of Nagorno-Karabakh” show that those elected to the EP in cooperation with the South Caucasus are unaware of what is happening in the region and their reasoning is based solely on the misinformation spread by the European Armenian Diaspora in the EP. In order to close this information gap, we would like to once again bring to the attention of our esteemed colleagues that the occupation of Azerbaijan’s legitimate territories by Armenia, recognized at the international level, including the European Union (EU), ended on November 10, 2020. 20% of the territory of Azerbaijan, which has been occupied for 30 years, has been liberated from occupation, and thus Azerbaijan has implemented Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 adopted by the UN Security Council in 1993. There is no an official administrative territorial unit called Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan, and it is unreasonable and inappropriate to talk about the status of a non-existent territorial unit.
The conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia is over, and efforts are being made to restore regional cooperation. All progressive forces of the world, including the EU, welcome and support Azerbaijan’s efforts to open transport and communication lines in the region and establish mutual cooperation. If the EP wants to contribute to peace and security in the region and to promote mutual cooperation, European Parliament must refrain from participating in the unconstructive propaganda of the Armenian Diaspora, refrain from making irresponsible statements and take an objective view of the situation in the region. An objective approach to the events in the region can also serve to restore the tainted reputation of the EP in Azerbaijani society.
(Javanshir Feyziyev is Member of the Milli Majlis (Parliament) of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and Co-chair of the EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee)
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