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MP: Armenian policy aims to conceal facts

Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict Materials 3 March 2012 18:15 (UTC +04:00)
Head of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE explained why Armenia opposes the creation of the subcommittee of the Council of Europe on Nagorno-Karabakh.
MP: Armenian policy aims to conceal facts

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 3 / Trend K.Zarbaliyeva /

Head of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE explained why Armenia opposes the creation of the subcommittee of the Council of Europe on Nagorno-Karabakh.

"The Armenian side not only demonstrates a strange attitude to this issue, but refused to do what it signed. The Sochi statement after the meeting between Presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia noted need for meetings of the two countries' public at various levels. MPs are also representatives of the people and f the Azerbaijani and Armenian delegations work in PACE," head of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE, MP Samad Seyidov told reporters on Saturday.

He said that although the president of Armenia put his signature under the Sochi statement, the Armenian delegation ignores the provisions of this document and has repeatedly refused to participate in the meetings of the subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh.

"The Armenian side is well aware that if it gets involved in the work of the subcommittee, then the agenda will include issues related to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Purpose of the Armenian policy is to conceal as long as possible the real facts. But it is impossible to conceal, because the occupation of Azerbaijani lands is recognized by the international community," he added.

In 2005 PACE adopted a resolution establishing a subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh. However, in connection with the death of its chairman, Lord Russell Johnson, the subcommittee suspended its activities. Subsequently the PACE Bureau has decided to resume its activities.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent 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 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.

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