Statement by the Catalan National Assembly in relation to the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

On September 27th, Azerbaijan’s armed forces, backed by Turkey, launched a military offensive against Nagorno-Karabakh or the Artsakh Republic in the South Caucasus region, violating the ceasefire and endangering the lives of thousands of people. The attack has left dozens dead, hundreds injured, and more than 75.000 people—50% percent of Artsakh’s population—has been forced to flee their homes to seek refuge from the attacks.

The Catalan National Assembly expresses its condemnation of the use of violence to modify the status quo in the region, as well as the indiscriminate attacks and bombings against civilians, including the use of cluster bombs by the armed forces of Azerbaijan, weapons that have been prohibited under the Convention on Cluster Munitions.

We call for an end to the hostilities and for the international community to become involved in the conflict, pressuring the governments of Azerbaijan and Turkey to cease their military aggression. Only then will there be a return to negotiations for a peaceful settlement of the conflict, especially within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group chaired by France, the Russian Federation, and the United States.

Finally, we express our full support for the exercise of the right to self-determination of the citizens of Nagorno-Karabakh or the Artsakh Republic, internationally recognized in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights exercised in referendum on December of 1991, and we therefore recognize the independence of the Artsakh Republic and its territorial sovereignty.

Barcelona, 9th of October 2020