The legislature’s foreign affairs committee has condemned the Azeri military’s “unjustified” attack on the disputed province of Nagorno-Karabakh
An explosion in mountainous terrain that Baku claims to be Azerbaijani forces ‘destroying positions’ used by Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh, September 19, 2023 © AFP / Azerbaijani Defence Ministry
The European Parliament’s Foreign affairs committee has condemned Azerbaijan’s “pre-planned and unjustified” attack on the ethnic-Armenian province of Nagorno-Karabakh. Should Baku refuse to call off the assault, the committee recommended on Tuesday that the European Council impose sanctions on Azerbaijan.
“In the absence of an immediate halt to the ongoing attack, we call on the Council to fundamentally reconsider the EU’s relations with Azerbaijan in this light, and consider imposing sanctions against responsible Azerbaijani authorities,” read a joint statement from committee chairman David McAllister and its rapporteurs to the Caucasus region, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.
The Azeri military announced “counter-terrorism measures” in Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday morning, as the Armenian side reported missile and artillery strikes on the region’s capital of Stepanakert, and tank attacks along the border with Azerbaijan. The Azeri side claimed that Armenian troops in Nagorno-Karabakh opened fire on their positions in the early hours of the morning, a claim that Yerevan denies.