Written question – Assistance to the population of Nagorno-Karabakh – E-000951/2017

Parliament has repeatedly stated that the EU should engage with and provide assistance to the population of Nagorno-Karabakh.

However, no Commission or Council official, not even the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus, is known to have visited this territory in decades. The EU has provided no assistance to the people of this region, in spite of the terrible toll of war.

This treatment is markedly different from that of other non-recognised territories in Europe. Though not internationally recognised, Northern Cyprus, Abkhazia and Transnistria have all benefited from the EU’s engagement and their populations have received EU assistance.

The population of Nagorno-Karabakh is severely affected by its enforced isolation. With no route to the outside world and no international assistance, the economy of Nagorno-Karabakh is being stifled, while its people are suffering from poverty and living under the constant threat of war.

— In view of these considerations, is the Commission prepared to allow EU officials to travel to the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh?
— Is the Commission willing to support the basic needs of the most vulnerable people in the region?