MEP Eleni Theocharous: Azerbaijan using “human shields” on the frontline

Member of the European Parliament Eleni Theocharous has issued a statement on new Azerbaijani attacks against Nagorno Karabakh. The statement reads:

“On July 4, 2017, yet another time the repressive regime of Aliyev, where ordinary human life has little value, has used its own population as a human shield while violating the cease-fire. Azerbaijan had installed a multiple rocket launcher system very close to an inhabited village and used this to shell Nagorno-Karabakh.

It is a vicious and inhumane tactic of the current Azerbaijani Government to unscrupulously use the tragedy of common people for propaganda purposes, violating all the norms of ethics.

It is an undeniable fact that this very same Government has vehemently rejected to install an independent investigative mechanism which can prevent a cease-fire violation, innocent human losses and create a favourable atmosphere for negotiations and peace.

I am deeply sorry for the loss of innocent lives on the Azerbaijani side. Meanwhile, I call on all those who are concerned with the situation to be objective, to raise their voices also when the Azerbaijani armed forces carry out ISIS-style beheadings in Nagorno-Karabakh, showcasing body parts as trophies on social media and mutilate bodies of 90-year-old Armenian civilians, as in April 2016.”

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