Greek & Cypriot Members of European Parliament increase pressure for the “Azerbaijani army to immediately stop its aggression”

Greek & Cypriot Members of European Parliament increase pressure for the "Azerbaijani army to immediately stop its aggression" 1

On the initiative of Cypriot Member of the European Parliament, Loucas Fourlas, 48 Members of the European Parliament, many of the Greeks and Cypriots, sent a letter to Josep Borrell calling on the head of the European Union diplomacy to undertake meaningful actions to end Azerbaijan’s  aggression against Artsakh and Armenia.

“We, the undersigned Members of the European Parliament are appeled by and call the Azerbaijani army to immediately stop the aggression against the civilian population of Nagorno-Karabakh,” a joint statement said.

In follow up tweets, all 48 MEPs were tagged to the iniative.

This latest initiative comes off the back of Stelios Kympouropoulos, an MEP for the centre-right New Democracy Party, who is pushing for his European colleagues to condemn Azerbaijan’s aggression against the Armenians and to bring forth a discussion to implement sanctions against Azerbaijan.

“Azerbaijan’s aggression and the conflict that has ignited in the Caucasus has shocked us and caused feelings of disgrace, especially due to extensive use of violence against civilians and Turkey’s provocative intervention,” Kympouropoulos wrote in a Facebook announcement.

“From the first moment the conflict broke out, I committed myself to doing my best to highlight the Azerbaijani aggression and the need for European intervention to restore peace,” the 35-year-old continued.

“On my initiative, supported by a total of 24 colleagues from all parliamentary groups, an immediate question was submitted to the Council of Leaders and the EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Borrell asking:

➡️ What will the Council and the HR / BP Borrell do about the immediate ceasefire?
➡️ What kind of actions are the Council and BP Borrell willing to take by exerting all necessary pressure on the Azerbaijan government to stop hostilities and withdraw its troops?
➡️The EU is still Azerbaijan’s largest export market and the second largest import market with a 51 % share of Azerbaijan’s exports and 16 % share of Azerbaijan imports. Is the Council willing to draw up a list of imposing financial sanctions in Azerbaijan?”