Italian MPs demand that Armenia provide mine maps of Azerbaijani territories (PHOTO)


(MENAFN – Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 5


Italian senators and deputies from various political parties gave statements regarding the death of two Azerbaijani journalists and a civilian, as well as the injuries of four people as a result of a mine explosion in the district from Kalbajar in Azerbaijan, the country’s embassy in Italy told Trend.

According to the embassy, ​​the deputies strongly condemned Armenia’s refusal to provide maps of the previously mined territories of Azerbaijan and demanded their immediate transfer.

Statements by Italian senators and deputies were published on their social media pages, as well as in Italian media, the embassy said.

“The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan is over, and everyone is interested and obliged to work to avoid further victims,” ​​said deputy speaker of the Chamber of Deputies (lower house) of the Italian Parliament , member of the Italia Viva party, Ettore Rosato, said in an interview with the Italian news agencies ANSA and Agenzia Nova.

“The international community must ensure the provision of maps of the mined territories to the Azerbaijani authorities so that Azerbaijan can soon clear its lands. The tragedy of the deaths of three civilians, including two journalists, must not happen once. again, ”Rosato added.

“I express my deepest condolences to the victims of the conflict which has ended, but which still leaves mines in the territories. I hope that maps of the territories mined by Armenia will be provided immediately,” said the president of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs. of the Senate (Upper House) of the Italian Parliament, Senator Vito Petrocelli of the Five Star Movement party, said on Twitter.

“I was saddened by the news of the death of three civilians, including two journalists, and of the injury of four other citizens following the explosion of a mine laid by the Armenian side”, Maria Rizzotti, vice -President of Italia Viva political group in the Senate, a member of the Italian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, told the news agency Agenzia Nova.

“We continue to resolutely demand that Armenia provide maps of the mined territories. Thus, the demining process will be implemented and there will be no casualties among the innocent. International law has been violated on several occasions, and it is time for the international community to make clear and severe demands on Armenia, ”Rizzotti added.

Rossana Boldi, president of the Italian-Azerbaijani Friendship Association in the Italian Parliament, member of the Lega party, said on her Twitter page: “ Today, following the explosion of a mine, three civilians Azerbaijani, including two journalists, were killed. It was an expected tragedy, and if Armenia does not provide a map for the demining of the liberated territories of Azerbaijan, there is a risk that this tragedy will be repeated. I wish Armenia and Azerbaijan peace. In the interest of both countries, the territories must be cleared, security must be ensured. “

In an interview with the Agenzia Nova news agency and the Politicamento Corretto news portal, Senator Gianluca Ferrara, head of the Five Star Movement group within the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Italian Senate, deplored the death of three civilians, including two journalists.

“About 35,000 mines have already been cleared in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan recognized by international law. Anti-personnel mines laid by Armenia have caused death and injury to many people in recent years. It is desirable to neutralize these deadly devices because as soon as possible with Armenia providing maps showing the location of these mines. Armenia does not demonstrate the intention to cooperate. If Armenia has a real intention to create a new atmosphere of peace in the region, then cooperation is inevitable so that the innocent do not become victims. I would really like to see a change in the situation, what is happening is a war crime, it is an injustice, “said Ferrara.

Speaking about the deaths of Azerbaijani journalists following a mine explosion, the senator of the Forward Italy party, member of the Italian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Central European Initiative Urania Papateu, in an interview with Agenzia Nova , Ansa, Askanews, La Presse, Dire, 9 Colonne news agencies declared: “The death of three civilians, including two journalists, and the injury of four others following the explosion of an anti-tank mine laid by the Armenian forces in the Kalbajar region of Azerbaijan demonstrates yet another unacceptable violence against the civilian population. As has been said on several occasions, the case concerns areas with unexploded ordnance on these lands. Armenia’s refusal to provide the mine map is a violation of international humanitarian law.

Senator Stefano Lucidi, head of the Azerbaijani-Italian Interparliamentary Friendship Group in the Italian Parliament, member of the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Emigration of the Lega Party, told the Agenzia Nova news agency that the Caucasus of the South needs peace and stability. He stressed the need to provide a map of all areas mined by Armenia in the territory of Azerbaijan in order to ensure the implementation of the relevant trilateral declarations. The senator added that to this end, the international diplomatic community should condemn Armenia’s refusal to hand over maps on the location of deadly anti-personnel and anti-tank mines in Azerbaijan, which are causing civilian casualties.

Member of the Italian Senate of the Five Star Movement, Gianluca Castaldi, told the Agenzia Nova news agency, “ I have just spoken to Ambassador Mammad Ahmadzade to express my condolences for the deaths of three civilians, including two journalists, following an anti-tank mine explosion in the Kalbajar region of Azerbaijan. I am deeply saddened by the increase in violence. We must all work for peace in the South Caucasus. It is important to provide maps to clean up mined areas. “

Member of the European Parliament of Italy Aldo Patriciello, sharing on his Facebook page the official statement of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry in connection with the tragedy wrote: “ Following the explosion of an anti-tank mine in Azerbaijan, three civilians were killed, including two journalists, posing a serious threat to the peace. I consider it important that Armenia responds to requests from the international community and provides maps of mined areas as soon as possible. Through joint cooperation, security and peace must be ensured between the two peoples. “

As previously reported, a car with employees of Azerbaijani TV channels and news agencies sent to Kalbajar district was detonated by an anti-tank mine in the direction of Susuzlug village at around 11:00 a.m. (GMT + 4) on June 4.

As a result, the operator of Azerbaijani television and radio CJSC (AzTV) Siraj Abishov, an employee of the Azerbaijan State Press Agency (AZERTAC) Maharram Ibrahimov, the deputy representative of the district mayor’s office of Kalbajar in the administrative and territorial district of the village of Susuzlug Arif Aliyev were killed. In addition, four other people were injured and were hospitalized.


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