EU should appoint its representative to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.31 / Trend M.Aliyev /
It is necessary to appoint a special authorized representative from the European Union as an alternative to France to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijani MP, chairman of the committee in the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly Fuad Muradov told Trend on Tuesday.
"This person will speak about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on behalf of the EU," he said.
Mr Muradov said that similar representative was appointed in due time to resolve the problem with the Balkans and conflicts in the African countries.
France does not want to agree on that since it intends to defend its positions in the PACE, he said.
"At present, France preserves the opportunity of interference, though scanty, in any process in the OSCE Minsk Group," he said.
This issue must be included on the agenda of the Council of Europe, the EU, the OSCE, the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and at other platforms for the alternative person, who will deal with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and report back to the European Parliament, to be appointed in Europe, MP said.
He also stressed that it is doubtful that France will remain in the OSCE Minsk group.
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 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.