Occupier Armenia has no right to speak in PACE - Azerbaijani MP

Occupier Armenia has no right to speak in PACE - Azerbaijani MP

Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.21

By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

The representatives of the occupant country that committed the Khojaly genocide have no right to deliver speech on the PACE platform, Ganira Pashayeva, member of the Azerbaijani delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Azerbaijani MP, said.

Pashayeva made the statement as part of the discussions at the PACE spring session in response to the statements of the Armenian delegation's members.

PACE spring session kicked off in Strasbourg Apr.20.

The members of the Armenian delegation to PACE addressed the session with a number of false and defamatory statements against Azerbaijan and Turkey.

"Armenia occupied 20 percent of the territory of a neighboring country," she said. "It continues occupation today. As a result of this occupation, more than one million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people. They are unable to return to their native lands. So, the representatives of Armenia have no right to criticize any country in the PACE and talk about human rights."

Instead of speaking about Azerbaijan and Turkey, Armenian representatives would better talk about the situation in their own country, the MP added.

Pashayeva urged PACE to put pressure on Armenia which has undertaken obligations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but hasn't taken any steps refusing to fulfill the PACE resolutions on this conflict.

PACE should clearly express its attitude to such actions of Armenia, the MP said.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

Edited by SI

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