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MEPs McALLISTER, KALJURAND, KOVATCHEV and ZOVKO on Armenia and Azerbaijan

Joint Statement by the Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, MEP David McALLISTER,
the Chair of the Delegation for relations with the South Caucasus, MEP Marina KALJURAND,
the European Parliament' Standing Rapporteur on Armenia, MEP Andrey KOVATCHEV
and the European Parliament's Standing Rapporteur on Azerbaijan, MEP Željana ZOVKO

on the resumption of hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Brussels, 27 September 2020 - "We are greatly concerned about today's renewed escalation of violence on the line of contact, which, according to reports, has yet again led to the deaths of military personnel and civilians.

We express our deep condolences to the families of the victims. We call for an immediate halt to these military confrontations.


Joint statement of 7 August 2020 on the anniversary of Russian aggression

Joint statement by the Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, MEP David McALLISTER, the Chair of the Delegation for relations with the South Caucuses, MEP Marina KALJURAND, and the European Parliament's standing rapporteur on Georgia, MEP Sven MIKSER, on the 12th anniversary of the Russian aggression against Georgia of August 2008:

"Today marks the 12th anniversary of the Russian aggression against Georgia. Its effects are still being felt: one fifth of the territory of Georgia remains occupied; hundreds of thousands of people are still unable to return to their homes and face restrictions of their fundamental rights and freedoms. Georgia continues to be the target of various Russian hybrid activities, such as disinformation campaigns and cyber-attacks.

"Nevertheless, this shocking event only strengthened Georgia's resolve to pursue Euro-Atlantic integration. Georgia has firmly established itself as a reliable ally and a key partner in the EU's Eastern Neighbourhood..."

Statement by Ms Kaljurand on the recent clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

Statement by the Chair of the Delegation, MEP Marina Kaljurand, on the recent clashes on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border.

Brussels, 14 July 2020 - "We are greatly concerned about the renewed escalation of violence in the past days between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which has yet again led to the death of military personnel and a civilian in the Tovuz region.

We express our deep condolences to the families of the victims, and call for an immediate halt to these military confrontations.

Joint Statement by Ms Kaljurand and Mr Mikser on the new electoral system in Georgia.

Joint Statement by the Chair of the Delegation, MEP Marina Kaljurand and the European Parliament's Standing Rapporteur on Georgia, MEP Sven Mikser, on the enactment of Constitutional amendments on the new electoral system.

Brussels, 29 June 2020 - "We welcome the historic step that the Parliament of Georgia has made today by enacting the Constitutional amendments on the electoral system that will be applicable for the next parliamentary elections in October.

Georgian MPs have cleared the third and final reading by casting 117 votes in favour
out of 150.

This is an important milestone in the development of Georgia's democratic life.

Joint Statement by MS KALJURAND and Mr MIKSER on the new electoral system in Georgia.

Joint Statement by the Chair of the Delegation MEP Marina KALJURAND, and the European Parliament's Standing Rapporteur on Georgia MEP Sven MIKSER on the first reading of Constitutional amendments on the new electoral system.

Brussels, 22 June 2020 - "Yesterday, the Parliament of Georgia approved the Constitutional amendments on the new electoral system at the first reading. The overwhelming support

of the Georgian MPs, who cast 136 votes of favour out of 150, sends a positive signal as it testifies to a broadly consensual approach.

Joint Statement by Ms KALJURAND, Mr BĂSESCU and Ms ZOVKO on the new highway

Joint Statement by the Chair of the Delegation, MEP Marina KALJURAND, the European Parliament's standing rapporteur on Armenia, MEP Traian BĂSESCU and the European Parliament's standing rapporteur on Azerbaijan, MEP Željana ZOVKO

Brussels, 9 June 2020 - "Announced last year, the construction of a third highway connecting Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh will kick off soon.

This new road infrastructure will connect Kapan, in Armenia, with Hadrut, in Nagorno-Karabakh, passing through the districts of Qubadli and Jabrayil, which are also occupied.

As a matter of principle, we support projects that foster regional cooperation, connectivity and people-to-people contacts in the Eastern Neighbourhood.

Statement of 18 May 2020 on sanitary situation and political developments in Georgia

Statement by the Chair of the Delegation, MEP Marina KALJURAND, on the sanitary situation and latest political developments in Georgia.
Brussels, 18 May 2020 - "Today, I had a meeting, by visioconference, with the Co-Chair of the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee, MP David Songulashvili. It was the occasion to take stock of the major issues of interest to the EU-Georgia relations.

During last Friday's plenary session, the Members of the European Parliament overwhelmingly endorsed the European Commission's proposal to provide up to EUR 3 billion in macro-financial assistance to enlargement and neighbourhood countries
to help them cope with the socio-economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, in the form of loans on highly favourable terms.

Statement of 27 April 2020 on cases of Ilgar Mammadov and Rasul Jafarov

Statement by the Chair of the Delegation, MEP Marina KALJURAND, on the decision of the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan in the cases of Ilgar Mammadov and Rasul Jafarov

Brussels, 27 April 2020 - I welcome the decision of the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan of 23 April on the acquittal of the REAL Party leader Ilgar Mammadov and human rights defender Rasul Jafarov, which implements earlier decisions of the European Court of Human Rights and erases the consequences of their unlawful prosecution and conviction.

Statement of 20 April 2020 on the latest “borderisation” activities in South Ossetia

Statement on the latest "borderisation" activities along the Administrative Boundary Line with the Tskhinvali region of Georgia / South Ossetia.

Brussels, 20 April 2020 - "We strongly condemn the illegal erection of so-called "border signs" along the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL) with the occupied Tskhinvali region of Georgia near the village of Takhtisdziri, on 17 and 18 April, by Russian and de facto South Ossetian security actors.

Statement of 31March 2020 on the so-called elections in Nagorno-Karabakh

Brussels, 31 March 2020 - "Today, 'presidential and parliamentary elections' have been held in Nagorno-Karabakh. I wish to reiterate, in line with previous statements from the European Union, that we do not recognise the constitutional and legal framework of these so-called elections and their outcome cannot prejudice the determination of the future status of Nagorno-Karabakh. Moreover, organising these 'elections' does not help to create conditions conducive to reconciliation.

Joint Statement of 19 March 2020 on the early release of Afgan Mukhtarli

Joint Statement by MEPs David McAllister and Marina Kaljurand on the early release from prison of investigative reporter Afgan Mukhtarli.

"Two days ago, the Azerbaijani authorities released investigative reporter Afgan Mukhtarli, who had been abducted in Tbilisi in 2017 and was serving a six-year prison sentence based on dubious charges, and allowed him to fly to Germany to be reunited with his wife and daughter. In our respective capacities as Chairs of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the EP delegation to the EU-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, we very much welcome this positive development. At the same time, however, we regret that the competent authorities so far failed to conduct a thorough investigation of the circumstances of Mr Mukhtarli's abduction and reiterate that accountability needs to be ensured and that the due and fair process of law should always prevail.

Statement of 23 March 2020 on so-called “presidential election” in Abkhazia

On 22 March, a so-called "presidential election" was held in the occupied Abkhazia region of Georgia. The European Union does not attach any value to the de facto authorities' decision to conduct this so-called "presidential election" - a step that further undermines the on-going efforts towards a peaceful resolution of the conflict, nor does it recognise the constitutional and legal framework within which it has taken place.

Joint statement of 10 March 2020 on the electoral system in Georgia


The representatives of the country's main political forces agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding that defines the electoral system in the run-up to the parliamentary elections.The accord foresees an electoral system for 2020 based on 120 proportional mandates and 30 majoritarian mandates, a cap determining that no single party that receives less than 40% of the votes can form its own majority, and a 1% electoral threshold.

Statement of 18 February 2020 on the early parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan

Taking into account that the European Parliament was not invited to observe the parliamentary elections held in Azerbaijan on 9 February 2020, I have taken note of the preliminary findings and conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR-led International Election Observation Mission (IEOM) deployed on the ground.

Statement of 13 February 2020 on the 9th EU-Georgia PAC

Yesterday and today, I had the honour to co-chair, with Mr David Songhulashvili, MP, the ninth meeting of the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee. For both of us, it was our first meeting in this capacity.
The EU and Georgia enjoy a close, solid relation embedded in the Association Agreement - including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area - that entered into force in 2016. Thenceforth, Georgia has secured a special place among our Eastern Partners, through its strenuous approximation efforts.

Statement of 29 October 2019 on the detention of EUMM monitors in South Ossetia

This month marks the 11th anniversary of the deployment of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), in the aftermath of the Russian aggression of August 2008 and the signature of the EU-mediated ceasefire agreement that ended the war between Russia and Georgia.

The EUMM plays a decisive role to enhance security and stability in the region, by conducting, day and night, patrols along the Administrative Boundary Lines (ABLs) with Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, thus contributing to the peaceful solution of the conflict, facilitating the resumption of a safe and normal life - insofar as possible - for local communities, and building up confidence amongst the parties concerned, notably through the activation of its Hotline and its support to the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) meetings.

Statement of 15 November 2019 on the failure to enact proportional system in Georgia

Yesterday, the Parliament of Georgia voted down the constitutional amendment envisaging the transition to the fully proportional system for the 2020 parliamentary elections. Surprisingly enough, the decisive opposition to the bill came from within the ruling Georgian Dream coalition itself.

Obviously, it is not up to us, Members of the European Parliament, to judge whether or not the planned enactment of the proportional system was the best option for Georgia, as it should be primarily the choice of the Georgian citizens and their elected representatives.

That said, we had observed, since the summer, a clear and multi-partisan consensus over this change, as highlighted by a nationwide consultation process. Under these circumstances, this quite unexpected U-turn may send a wrong signal, further stoking the sharp polarisation of political life in the run-up of the parliamentary elections.

As a result of the vote, several MPs have announced that they were leaving the Georgian Dream coalition and resigning from their positions - among them are First Vice-Speaker Tamar Chugoshvili, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee Sofio Katsarava and Chair of the Committee on European Integration, Co-Chair of the EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee Tamar Khulordava - all key interlocutors to the West.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Ms Tamar Khulordava for her outstanding contribution to the rapprochement between the Parliament of Georgia and the European Parliament, and wish her all the best in her future endeavours. We understand that Ms Khulordava will remain acting in her position until her successor is appointed by the parliamentary majority.

We hope that this transitional process will go as smoothly as possible, and call on all political forces to take into account the higher interest of Georgia and its Euro-Atlantic integration path. We also look forward to continuing our joint work, not least within the framework of our Parliamentary Association Committee, the next meeting of which is scheduled in February 2020.