Gunter Krihbaum: Armenia is illegally occupying Nagorno-Karabakh
A member of the Bundestag from the ruling CDU/CSU faction, the chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on European Union Affairs, Gunter Krihbaum, participated in the German-Azerbaijani friendship evening held yesterday in the European Information Centre in Berlin and organized by the Azerbaijan Student Network with the support of Deutsche Gesellschaft and the Azerbaijani Embassy in Germany, during which he stated about the illegality of the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions of Azerbaijan by the Armenian Armed Forces.
During a panel discussion Krihbaum noted: "For us, Azerbaijan is a strategically important partner. And this certainly is associated with the fact that Azerbaijan is a major energy supplier. But our strategic partnership is not limited to that. It is also largely based on the fact that Azerbaijan has an important geo-strategic significance and is a bridge into Central Asia, Russia, the Middle East. And that is why we are very interested in the intensification of relations between Germany, the EU and Azerbaijan."
The German MP reminded that Azerbaijan is a member of the program 'Eastern Partnership', however, unlike Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova – without the signing of an association agreement. The parliamentarian admitted that Azerbaijan is in a rather delicate position, as he tries to demonstrate the independence of its own foreign policy, in particular from Russia. "But the country needs Russia to resolve the conflict around Nagorno-Karabakh. As for the problem of refugees, we should not forget that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was the reason for the fact that more than one million people became refugees and internally displaced persons – about 800 thousand of them are Azerbaijanis." In his speech, Gunter Krihbaum stressed that "Azerbaijani territories are still under Armenian occupation, which is a violation of international law." "The occupation of Azerbaijani lands was condemned in four UN Security Council resolutions," he reminded.
"At one time, Germany also faced the problem of refugees, and that is why Germany clearly understands this problematic around the world – including in the Middle East and Ukraine. In total, at the moment more than 60 million people have become refugees in the world. And the experience of Germany, a member of the OSCE Minsk Group, plays an important role in more active mediation," the German deputy summed up.