PACE Bureau discusses activity of subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh
France, Strasbourg, January 27 /Trend A. Maharramli/
The issue related to the activity of the subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh was discussed at a meeting of the Bureau within the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Friday, PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon said in an exclusive interview with Trend today.
"The issue was discussed at the meeting held in the morning," he said. "A decision was made that the activity of the subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh will not be restored soon. We need time to consider this issue thoroughly. We should reconsider the issue at the meeting of the Bureau, to be held in Paris on March 9, to make a decision on future activity of the subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh at PACE spring session, to be held in April."
Mignon said that it is possible to restore and continue the activity of the subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh, but it is not the only variant.
"The other option is that we won't create a new subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh and the OSCE Minsk Group will deal with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. We have no details yet, to talk about it more accurately. It's just an option. We will reconsider the issue on March. "
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 U.S. - 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.