The European Parliament voted 635 to 2 with 42 abstentions today to adopt a resolution on the Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Nagorno Karabakh.
In the Resolution, the European Parliament condemns the destruction of cultural heritage in Nagorno-Karabakh and calls for its immediate protection.
The MEPs stress that there is a universal dimension of cultural heritage as a testimony of history inseparable from peoples’ identity, which the international community has to protect and preserve for future generations.
They also recall that historical revisionism and the defacement and destruction of cultural or religious heritage run counter to the decision of the ICJ of 7 December 2021, as well as with the European Parliament resolution of 21 May 2021.
The Parliament underlines that the measures indicated in the Orders of the International Court of Justice of 7 December 2021 have to be taken without delay; stresses that if there are any new cases of destruction of cultural heritage they should be addressed immediately by the international community;
The European Parliament also welcomes the proposal of UNESCO to send an independent expert mission and calls for sending the mission without delay; stresses that unhindered access to all cultural sites must be granted by Azerbaijan for the mission to make an inventory on the ground and to see what happened to the sites.
It calls on the EU, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, and the OSCE to jointly encourage and support efforts aimed at safeguarding cultural and religious heritage.
The MEPs call on the European Commission to use all available levers to prevent acts of vandalism, destruction, or alteration of cultural heritage in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Artsakh denies reports about partial withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers
The Security Council of Artsakh has denied reports about the alleged partial withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Nagorno-Karabakh to be sent to Ukraine.
In a statement on Thursday, the Security Council highlights that in recent days Azerbaijan has resorted to aggression yet again, firing at positions of the Artsakh Defense Army and civilian settlements from various caliber weapons, including mortars.
The Azerbaijani provocations are aimed at stirring panic among Artsakh civilians, the authorities said.
“The Security Council is cooperating with the Russian peacekeeping contingent in Artsakh to prevent further provocations. Urgent measures are being taken to make Azerbaijan adhere to the ceasefire agreement,” it said.
“At the same time, the Azerbaijani media reports that some Russian peacekeepers were withdrawn from Artsakh to be sent to Ukraine are false.
“Peacekeepers continue their mission under the November 9, 2020 agreement,” the statement read.