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15 October, Brussels - Yesterday the Flemish Parliament of Belgium unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the violence in Nagorno Karabakh / Artsakh.

The resolution stated that the ceasefire agreed upon on October 12 was violated with bombardments of the capital Stepanakert, hence by Azerbaijan. It also notes that the civilians of Artsakh are the most affected, as Azerbaijan violates the international humanitarian law, targeting civilian objects.
The resolution of the Flemish Parliament also reminds that that the geopolitical interests of Turkey, as an ally of Azerbaijan threaten to destabilize the region enormously. It also mentions the fact that thousands of Syrian mercenaries are deployed to fight against Artsakh.
The preamble of the resolution accurately presents the historical context of the conflict stressing the following:
-In 1921, Nagorno Karabakh, predominantly inhabited by Armenians, was transferred to Soviet Azerbaijan.
- In 1989 the Armenians of NKAO submitted a request for unification with the Soviet Armenian, nevertheless, the request was rejected by the Soviet Union.
- On 2 September 1991, Nagorno Karabakh declared its independence.
- The peaceful negotiations are held under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk group.
- Artsakh is governed independently and in 2017 Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh adopted the name Republic of Artsakh.

Commenting on the resolution of the Flemish Parliament, the EAFJD President Kaspar Karampetian stated: "The resolution gives an accurate insight into the historical context and circumstances of the conflict. We welcome this fact. It is certainly an important first step. We do hope that the international community realizes more clearly that the recognition of the Republic of Artsakh is a crucial prerequisite of preventing the genocidal plans of the Azerbaijani-Turkish leadership backed by terrorist fighters".