Azerbaijan hopes for implementation of decisions on Nagorno-Karabakh adopted by PACE Bureau
France, Strasbourg, June 20 /Trend, A.Maharramli/
Chairman of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE Samad Seyidov expressed hope that the Assembly will pay attention to the implementation of the decisions on Nagorno-Karabakh made by its Bureau. He said this on the first working day of the PACE summer session, commenting on Armenian delegation's refusal from work in restoration of the ad hoc committee on Nagorno-Karabakh.
"In January, the PACE Bureau unanimously decided to restore the activity of the ad hoc committee on Nagorno-Karabakh. This is not our decision or a decision by any other member country of the Council of Europe. It was the unanimous decision of the Bureau of the Assembly and was based on the Resolution 1416, adopted in 2005. However, since 2005 the decision and resolution of PACE have not been implemented. The reason for this is that the decision of PACE is completely rejected by the Armenian side. We hope very much to, together with the Armenian delegation, discuss unresolved unpleasant problems which are of concern for us. For this, the activity of the ad hoc committee is very important. Unfortunately, some of my Armenian colleagues here are biased and disingenuous. I think that it is better to talk directly to each other rather than telling problems to friends. And for that we are here today. I hope that PACE will pay attention to the implementation of decisions on Nagorno-Karabakh, made by the Bureau with majority of votes. It would be nice if we could take common decisions on this issue by the Kazan meeting of the presidents," said Seyidov.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenianarmed 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. Theco-chairs of the OSCE MinskGroup - Russia, France, and the U.S. - arecurrently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's fourresolutions on the liberation of Nagorno-Karabakh and the surroundingregions.