11 Mar 2022 22:59

European Parliament demonstrates biased attitude towards Baku by adopting resolution on Armenian cultural heritage in Karabakh - Azerbaijani parliament

BAKU. March 11 (Interfax) - Azerbaijan's Milli Majlis (parliament) has condemned a resolution endorsed by the European Parliament on the Armenian cultural heritage in Karabakh.

"The European Parliament adopted another biased resolution against Azerbaijan on March 10," the statement said.

The parliament believes that the adopted resolution "distorts the realities generated by the 30-year occupation of Azerbaijani lands, including acts of vandalism against our cultural heritage located in those regions."

"The resolution also calls into question the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan, while undermining efforts to establish a lasting peace and stability in the region. Besides, it contains a number of dangerous elements and casts a shadow on humanity's efforts to eradicate religious and racial discrimination and intolerance," it added.

Moreover, "this resolution, whose sole purpose is to mislead the international public, can safely be dubbed another failure of European democracy," the statement said.

"The apathy and indifference to universal human values of the European Parliament, which brings together representatives of individual European nations, raises serious questions," it said.

The parliament noted that the "resolution completely denies the fact that Armenia barbarously ruined Azerbaijan's cultural heritage on these territories during its 30-year occupation of Azerbaijani lands."

"The Milli Majlis emphasizes that the European Parliament resolution has no significance for Azerbaijan," the document said.

"The European Parliament resolution is just a piece of paper, and it will not succeed in denigrating the lofty national, moral and cultural values of the people of Azerbaijan. We strongly condemn the European Parliament's attempt to spread false statements in a most biased manner and call on them to refrain from provocations, which could harm the normalization process in the region," the statement said.

On March 10, 2022, the European Parliament adopted a draft resolution on the destruction of cultural heritage in Nagorno-Karabakh. As many as 635 deputies voted for the document, two voted against, and 42 abstained.

With their resolution, which is advisory to the EU executive authorities, the European Parliament "strongly condemns Azerbaijan's continued policy of erasing and denying the Armenian cultural heritage in and around Nagorno-Karabakh."