PACE Chairman: Current session to consider activity of PACE Sub-Committee on Nagorno Karabakh
France, Strasbourg, Oct.4 / Trend, A. Maharramov /
Activity of PACE Sub-Committee on Nagorno Karabakh will be considered in the current session, Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference within the organization's plenary session, which has begun in Strasbourg today.
I intend to discuss this issue with the delegations of Azerbaijan and Armenia and as a result of these meetings I plan to address the PACE Bureau's meeting on Friday," Cavusoglu said.
In 2005, PACE adopted resolution 1416, under which it decided to establish a subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh, but the Sub-Committee chairman, Lord Russell-Johnston died, and in this regard the activity of the Sub-Committee was suspended. However, the issue remains on the agenda of the Bureau.
"The Armenian delegation has some doubts, so we decided to continue the meetings between Armenian and Azerbaijani delegations in my office. And during the PACE October session this year we will continue such meetings, then I will report to the Bureau and the Bureau will adopt a decision," Cavusoglu said earlier.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994.
The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding negotiations to resolve the dispute.
Armenia has failed to implement U.N. Security Council resolutions stipulating the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions.