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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –

Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Ladies and gentlemen! Dear colleague Hampel, unlike you, I am of the opinion that we definitely have interests there; because this is another war in Europe – after the one in eastern Ukraine, which is continuing, and after serious interstate conflicts that we have elsewhere, for example in the eastern Mediterranean. That is why it is in the German and European interest to promote a solution and work towards it.

The Chancellor spoke to both heads of state; just that you know that. The Federal Foreign Minister also spoke to his colleagues in both governments there. We can only support the Federal Government in this. We call on both sides to return to an unconditional ceasefire, finally to comply with it and to stop the killing on both sides – especially young people are dying – immediately.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)

From our point of view, the only basis can be the six Madrid Basic Principles of 2007, and for us – I would like to say that because we have been critically asked about them – they are equivalent. I would like to mention them again here: firstly, the return of the areas surrounding Nagorno-Karabakh under Azerbaijani control, secondly, an interim status for Nagorno-Karabakh including guarantees for security and self-determination, thirdly a corridor connecting Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, fourthly, the future determination of the final legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh by a legally binding expression of will – keyword: right to self-determination -, fifthly, a right of return for all internally displaced persons and refugees to their previous places of residence and, sixth, international security guarantees including a peacekeeping mission.

Dear colleagues, we call on Armenia and Azerbaijan to enter into substantial negotiations on this without any preconditions. Without any preconditions, it also means not to set priorities or a time sequence for implementation in advance. Otherwise we will end up in the dead end again, in which we have been all the time, in which we kept falling. This means that both states must now be ready for substantial negotiations.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

We welcome the fact that Armenia is ready for a ceasefire. We must also recognize that, unfortunately, Armenia has allowed a lot of time to pass without being ready for real negotiations in substance. President Pashinyan initially aroused more hope for a negotiated solution, also with us, but perhaps also got into old political dependencies. It is to be hoped that the political leadership of Armenia is now ready for these negotiations in view of the difficult situation.

At this point we must also send a very clear message to Azerbaijan, which has undoubtedly begun the aggression – President Aliyev has now made it clear that he is not ready to end it – the Federal Foreign Minister did that; I would like to underline that again -:

(Applause from MP Sevim Dağdelen [DIE LINKE])

We demand from Azerbaijan immediate readiness for a ceasefire and return to the negotiating table.

(Applause from MP Manfred Grund [CDU / CSU])

Just because Azerbaijan is currently in a better position militarily, it cannot take advantage of it. It needs to know that the European Union will lose all support if Azerbaijan is not ready to negotiate now.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from members of the SPD and members of parliament Stefan Keuter [AfD] and Sevim Dağdelen [DIE LINKE])

I want to be clear: we also expect more from the EU Commission. EU Commission President von der Leyen has announced that she wants to lead a geostrategic commission. Anyone who wants to lead a geostrategic commission and makes this claim must also act geostrategically at least in Europe. That is why we expect the EU Commission – the Federal Foreign Minister has pointed out – that there is a commissioner for this. We expect the Commission President and the EU Representative to do their job. This is Europe. That is why it is up to EU foreign policy to get involved here and not be relegated to the audience.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and from Dr. Barbara Hendricks [SPD])

In the end, you have to send a very clear message to Turkey – the Federal Foreign Minister has announced it. From there we see massive military support for Azerbaijan with weapons of war. There are also reports of Islamist fighters from Syria who have been sent there from Turkey, but which I cannot verify. I can understand if Turkey has friendly relations with Azerbaijan. However, we expect our NATO partner Turkey to resolve this conflict, to contribute to a peaceful settlement and not to pour fuel into the fire every day. Turkey also needs to know that our patience at this point is over.

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and members of the SPD)


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