This article was translated by Mikel Martin

In the plenary session of the Basque Government that took place the last 14th of April, an Institutional Declaration supported by all the groups of the session was read, where they rejected the rupture of the ceasefire in Nagorno Karabaj. This declaration has had a big repercussion amongst the Armenian media, as it can be appreciated in the references that we show here.

The supporting statements towards a pacific solution to the conflict haven’t been the only ones that have been approved by the Basque Parliament. In September of 2014, most of the members of the chamber approved a motion supporting the right to self-determination of Nagorno Karabaj. They became the first parliamentary institution in Europe that clearly supported the necessity of people to decide their future, in order to find a solution to the conflict.

The president of the National Assembly of the Republic of Nagorno Karabaj (RNK), Ashot Goulian, has sent a letter to the president of the Basque Parliament, Bakartxo Tejeria, saying that he was very thankful for their support.

Here we show you the text of the Declaration and a reference to the letter sent by the RNK president, as examples of the repercussion.

 

Institutional Declaration of the Basque Parliament

Given the rupture of the ceasefire in Nagorno Karabaj

Nagorno Karabaj is a territory with a population of 95% Armenian ethnicity. Due to the ups and downs of its history and its geographical location, Nagorno Karabaj ended up being part of Azerbaijan, generating a conflict between Nagorno and the country that has been persistent through the 20th century.

With the end of the USSR, and the creation of the Republics of Armenia and Azerbaijan, the conflict turned into a war that took place from 1988 to 1994, causing thousands of deaths and displacing a big part of the population. The war finished with a ceasefire that didn’t calm the situation, but prevented violence.

The past 2nd of April 2016, Azerbaijan initiated and offensive along the border of Nagorno Karabaj. This attacks have caused dozens of deaths, amongst them 4 civilians, 1 one of them being a young boy.

Given the rupture of the truce, the Basque Parliament:

Shows its deep concern about the breach of the ceasefire that had been in force since 1994 in Nagorno Karabaj, expressing its condolences to the victims of the attack.

Positively support the resumption of the truce announced on the 5th of April from both sides, and hope it will be respected.

Requests to unblock the international mechanism for detection of violations of ceasefires, constantly proposed by the former presidents of the Minsk Group since 2012.

Refuses the use of violence for any territorial disputes, that ought to be resolved through dialogue, respecting the will of the majority of the affected population. This should be expressed by democratic means and without any kind of co-action.

Asks to both sides to make the necessary practical changes in order to stop military actions and return troops to the positions before the 1st of April.

Strongly supports the necessity to retake the negotiation process led by the OSCE Minsk Group to include Nagorno Karabak in this select group, already expressed in this Parliament.

 

Armenpress – 20/4/2016 -Armenia

Chairman of NKR National Assembly sends letter of gratitude to Basque Parliament

Chairman of the NKR National Assembly ,Ashot Ghoulian
Chairman of the NKR National Assembly ,Ashot Ghoulian

Chairman of the NKR National Assembly Ashot Ghoulian on April 20 send letter of gratitude to the President of Basque Parliament Bakartxo tejeria Otermin for the declaration adopted unanimously on April 14</span> about the large-scale military operations unleashed by Azerbaijan against Nagorno Karbakh Republic, &ldquo;Armenpress&rdquo; was informed by the Press Service of NKR National Assembly

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NEWS – 15/4/2016 -Armenia

Բասկերի երկրի խորհրդարանը դատապարտել է Ադրբեջանի ագրեսիան. հայտարարության տեքստը

Բասկերի Երկրի խորհրդարանը ապրիլի 14-ին, ընդունել է ինստիտուցիոնալ հայտարարություն՝ ԼՂ վերջին զարգացումների վերաբերյալ` դատապարտելով ռազմական ճանապարհով հակամարտությունը լուծելու Ադրբեջանի փորձը:

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TERT – 14/4/2016 – Armenia

Բանակցային սեղանի շուրջ ԼՂ-ն պետք է իր տեղն ունենա. Բասկերի խորհրդարանը բանաձև է ընդունել

Ադրբեջանը 2016թ-ի ապրիլի 2-ին աննախադեպ հարձակում է նախաձեռնել Լեռնային Ղարաբաղի հետ շփման գծի ողջ երկայնքով: Այս հարձակումը հանգեցրել է տասնյակ մահերի, այդ թվում և քաղաքացիական անձանց ու մի երեխայի:

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Panarmenian -15/4/2016 – Armenia

Բասկերի երկրի խորհրդարանը դատապարտել է ԼՂՀ դեմ Ադրբեջանի ագրեսիան

Ապրիլի 14-ին Բասկերի երկրի խորհրդարանը բանաձև է ընդունել, որով դատապարտում է Ադրբեջանին ԼՂՀ դեմ լայնածավալ ռազմական գործողություններ սանձազերծելու համար: Խորհրդարանը նաև սատարել է ադրբեջանա-ղարաբաղյան հակամարտության խաղաղ կարգավորմանը։

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Armedia – 15/4/2016 – Armenia

Basque Parliament Condemns Azerbaijan’s Aggression Against NKR

A statement has been adopted by the Basque Parliament condemning the recent Azerbaijani attempts to solve the Karabakh conflict in a military way. The statement was adopted unilaterally by all political forces represented in the Parliament, armradio.am reports.

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