Another Greek Member of Parliament has officially resigned as a member of the Greek-Azerbaijani Parliamentary Friendship Group following the Turkish-sponsored invasion attempt of the Armenian-majority province of Artsakh.
Konstantinos Bogdanos officially submitted his resignation as a member of the Greek-Azerbaijani Parliamentary Friendship Group for reasons of conscience in a letter to the Speaker of Parliament.
It should be noted that the New Democracy MP had informed about his intentions and the party on September 30.
Bogdanos notes how the recent events in the Caucasus with the Azeri attacks on the Armenians make his participation in the committee undesirable.
The Armenian National Committee of Greece quoted Bogdanos as saying “having expressed my intention to leave the Greek-Azerbaijan Friendship Group as early as Wednesday 30 September to the Secretary of the New Democracy Parliamentary Group, I am hereby informing you of my desire, for reasons of conscience, to resign from member of this Friendship Parliamentary Group.”
“The latest events in the Caucasus dynamite the mission of Friendship Group with a state that moves aggressively against third parties in our region, supporting another expansive and revised conflict with the unstable neighbor, Turkey. The traditionally close bonds of the Greeks with the Armenian nation, which is now under attack, make impartiality impossible,” he was quoted as saying.
“In this way, my non-further participation in the Group qualifies as desirable,” he concluded.
It should be noted that Maximos Harakopoulos, Zeta Makri and Christos Dermetzopoulos have also resigned.
Days ago, Maximos Harakopoulos, the Member of Parliament for Larissa of the New Democracy Party, in a letter to the Speaker of the Greek Parliament, Costas Tassoulas, announced his departure from the Greek-Azerbaijani parliamentary friendship group “as an act of protest against the refusal of Turkey to stop the bloody attacks in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, despite the repeated calls of the international community, the participation of foreign mercenary jihadists from Syria and Libya in military operations, but also the negative rhetoric given by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Aliyev to the Greek ambassador in Baku, Nikolaos Piperigos, during the presentation of his credentials.”
The region of Artsakh, that has been Armenian-majority for over 2,500 years, is internationally recognized as being a part of Azerbaijan because of the Soviet Union’s assignment of the territory to the Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic.
A decisive Armenian military victory in 1994 has ensured its de facto independence status despite not having international recognition.