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Condemnation of aggression by Azerbaijan against the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia

Written declaration No. 755 | Doc. 15640 | 18 October 2022

Mr Ruben RUBINYAN, Armenia, EPP/CD ; Ms Boriana ÅBERG, Sweden, EPP/CD ; Ms Thórhildur Sunna ÆVARSDÓTTIR, Iceland, SOC ; Mr Eduard AGHAJANYAN, Armenia, SOC ; Ms Krista BAUMANE, Latvia, ALDE ; Mr Caspar Van den BERG, Netherlands, ALDE ; Mr Marek BOROWSKI, Poland, EPP/CD ; Mr Bertrand BOUYX, France, ALDE ; Ms Mireille CLAPOT, France, ALDE ; Mr Constantinos EFSTATHIOU, Cyprus, SOC ; Ms Annicka ENGBLOM, Sweden, EPP/CD ; Ms Christiana EROTOKRITOU, Cyprus, SOC ; Mr Emmanuel FERNANDES, France, UEL ; Mr Bernard FOURNIER, France, EPP/CD ; Mr Pierre-Alain FRIDEZ, Switzerland, SOC ; Mr Armen GEVORGYAN , Armenia, EC/DA ; Ms Sona GHAZARYAN , Armenia, ALDE ; Mr Gerardo GIOVAGNOLI, San Marino, SOC ; Mr Joël GIRAUD, France, ALDE ; Mr Antón GÓMEZ-REINO, Spain, UEL ; Mr Pablo HISPÁN, Spain, EPP/CD ; Ms Arusyak JULHAKYAN, Armenia, EPP/CD ; Mr Dimitrios KAIRIDIS, Greece, EPP/CD ; Ms Nina KASIMATI, Greece, UEL ; Mr George KATROUGALOS, Greece, UEL ; Mr Kimmo KILJUNEN, Finland, SOC ; Ms Stephanie KRISPER, Austria, ALDE ; Mr George LOUCAIDES, Cyprus, UEL ; Mr Hayk MAMIJANYAN, Armenia, EPP/CD ; Ms María Valentina MARTÍNEZ FERRO, Spain, EPP/CD ; Mr Alain MILON, France, EPP/CD ; Ms Fiona O'LOUGHLIN, Ireland, ALDE ; Mr Dean PREMIK, Slovenia, ALDE ; Mr Roberto RAMPI, Italy, SOC ; Mr Armen RUSTAMYAN, Armenia, SOC ; Mr Stefan SCHENNACH, Austria, SOC ; Ms Nathalie SERRE, France, EPP/CD ; Ms Anne STAMBACH-TERRENOIR, France, UEL ; Mr Bruno STUDER, France, ALDE ; Mr Evripidis STYLIANIDIS, Greece, EPP/CD ; Ms Liliana TANGUY, France, ALDE ; Mr Birgir THÓRARINSSON, Iceland, EPP/CD ; Ms Ingvild Wetrhus THORSVIK, Norway, ALDE ; Mr Nicos TORNARITIS, Cyprus, EPP/CD ; Mr Alexandros TRIANTAFYLLIDIS, Greece, UEL ; Mr Vladimir VARDANYAN, Armenia, EPP/CD ; Ms Tamara VONTA, Slovenia, ALDE

We, the undersigned, declare the following:

Azerbaijan initiated large-scale military aggression against the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia in September 2022.

With these unprovoked acts of military aggression, Azerbaijan targeted also civilian infrastructure in densely populated settlements of Armenia, causing hundreds of human losses, including civilians. There is appalling evidence of cases of torture, mutilation of captured and dead soldiers, including women.

We condemn in the strongest terms the aggression of Azerbaijan, which is in blatant violation of the UN Charter, the Helsinki Final Act, International Humanitarian Law and the statutory, conventional and membership obligations of Azerbaijan before the Council of Europe.

We also condemn wilful killings, torture, and inhuman treatment of prisoners of war and captured Armenians by Azerbaijani armed forces, the videos of which have been publicised in social media.

We call on Azerbaijan to refrain from any future acts of aggression against the territorial integrity of Armenia and engage peacefully in negotiation process.

We demand immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Azerbaijani armed forces from the sovereign territory of Armenia and urgent repatriation of all prisoners of war and other captives.