Non-spread of details to increase effectiveness of PACE ad hoc committee on Nagorno-Karabakh

Non-spread of details to increase effectiveness of PACE ad hoc committee on Nagorno-Karabakh

Less dissemination of information on work done is the condition for success, said the newly appointed chairman to Nagorno-Karabakh ad hoc committee of PACE, Jordi Xuclà i Costa.
"During this period [until summarizing the committee's work by the end of the year], my interest is not to speak too much - this is the condition for the successful activities," Xuclà i Costa said in an interview with Panorama.am.

Spanish MP from the Liberal party Costa was appointed chairman of the PACE ad hoc committee at a meeting of the PACE Bureau on Jan. 31. A decision was made to resume the activity of the ad hoc committee.

The ad hoc committee was established in 2005, but after the death of its chairman Lord Russell-Johnston, its activity was suspended.

Costa, having experience in settlement of conflicts and mediation, believes that his appointment was intended to eliminate the accusations of biased approach to the conflicting sides, because in the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, he does not represent any of the sides concerned.

In the PACE there are obviously other MPs, perhaps knowing the region better, but they have been accused of showing a partisan approach to either Armenia or Azerbaijan, Costa said.
"I have the experience, but I don't have any interest in [any] of the two sides. And this is one of the reasons of my election as the chairman of this ad hoc sub-committee," Costa said.
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 7 surrounding districts.
Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the United States - are currently holding the peace negotiations.

Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

The Armenian side prevented the establishment of the ad hoc committee in every way, the head of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE, Samad Seyidov, told Trend earlier. Everybody, except Armenian representatives, voted for Jordi Xuclà i Costa, he said.

According to Costa, the renewed agenda of ad hoc committee is to prepare "draft conclusions" of their annual work at the end of the year.

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