Azerbaijan’s call for intn’l arrest warrant to increase interest in Karabakh – ombudsman

15:31 • 23.02.17



The Prosecutor’s Office of Azerbaijan has so far issued only one statement and it is not yet clear whether or not the Interpol will be involved, Human Rights Defender of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR, Artsakh) Ruben Melikyan told Tert.am as he commented on an international arrest warrant for three members of the European Parliament by Azerbaijan, after their visit to the NKR to monitor a constitutional referendum there.


“Of essential importance is the fact that, seeing the Lapshin case has failed to set a precedent and no restrictions on visits to Artsakh are possible, Azerbaijan is taking new, legally inadequate steps,” Mr Melikyan said. 


Azerbaijan’s latest steps will not succeed either, he added.

Azerbaijan has announced an international arrest warrant for European Parliament members (EP) Frank Engel (Luxembourg), Eleni Teoharus (Cyprus) and Jaromir Stetin (Czech Republic) for the monitoring of the "referendum" in Nagorno-Karabakh, spokesperson of the Prosecutor General's Office Eldar Sultanov told APA news agency.

 

According to the ombudsman, the Azerbaijani authorities’ move is yet another step increasing interest in Artsakh and encouraging visits to the country.

 

“Those people – Frank Engel,  Eleni Teokharus and Jaromír Štětina – are real Europeans for me. They are bold enough to voice concern over European values while knowing the threats. That’s something we should really appreciate,” Melikyan said.


He added that he intends to really raise the problem to call an international attention to the Azerbaijani authorities’ policies. “I am raising the problem within my mandate in an attempt to convey the right messages to the international community. What we really expect is an increased attention to Artsakh and a condemnation of Azerbaijan’s actions,” the ombudsman said.  

Hripsime Hovhannisyan





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