The peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh by the realization of the right to self-determination is an important issue said MEP Irazabalbeitia Inaki Fernandez in Yerevan. Member of the European Parliament, representing the Basque Country of Spain, visited Artsakh in the previous days.
Sharing impressions of his visit, the MP said that his party (Greens / European Free Alliance) has long been fighting for independence for the Basque Country and will do the same for Nagorno-Karabakh, saying that “self-determination is the most important democratic right. “
“I think raising the issue of the recognition of the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh in the European Parliament could be a first step,” said Fernandez.“The initiatives must come from all parties, including the Minsk Group of the OSCE.”
Asked about his thoughts for the fact of being “blacklisted” by Azerbaijan for visiting Artsakh, the representative stated that his Basque party has a very clear position on all issues relating to self-determination and they don ‘ not afraid to be included in the “black list” of Azerbaijan.
A member of the Spanish Parliament, Iñárritu Garcia Fernandez accompanied on his trip to Armenia and Artsakh. Garcia told the press that he considers the Armenian people’s right to self-determination as the most important democratic right. Speaking of the visit to Nagorno-Karabakh, he said: “We saw a country committed to European values, who aspire to new values, and better than some member states of the Council of Europe.”
EU lawmakers stressed that the Nagorno-Karabakh must be recognized by the international community as in the case of Kosovo.