PACE to Receive Documents on Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, 15 January / Тrend corr I. Alizade / The documents on Nagorno-Karabakh which were developed by the Azerbaijani delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will be submitted to the organization at the winter session. "The documents include information on the occupation of a region of Azerbaijan by Armenia, arson which has been committed all over the occupied territories and the destruction of cultural and historical monuments," a member of the delegation Ganira Pashayeva said to Trend on 15 January.
The conflict between the two countries of the South Caucasus began in 1988, due to the Armenian territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Since 1992, the Armenian Armed Forces have occupied 20% of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its seven neighbouring districts. In 1994, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement which ended the active hostilities. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group ( Russia, France, and the US) are currently holding the peaceful negotiations.
In January 2005, PACE passed Resolution 1416 associated with the Nagorno-Karabakh problem. The Resolution states that Armenia had occupied Azerbaijani territories. It also contains proposals to settle the conflict. PACE had established a sub-committee to control the conflict.
According to Pashayeva, the documents urge CE to increase its pressure on Armenia to implement the resolution passed by PACE. The documents are planned to be distributed both in PACE and other committees of the organization, Pashayeva said.
"Once the subject on 'Ecological Globalization and Ecological Activities' will be discussed at the winter session, we will inform the organization of how the Armenians are burning the forests in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Within the framework of this subject we will also touch upon the preservation of water resources," she said.
The PACE winter session will take place in Strasburg on 21-25 December.
Azerbaijan joined the CE in 2001.