Territorial integrity vital for CE
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 28
The territorial integrity is vital for the Council of Europe, Anne Brasseur, chairperson of the PACE, said at a press-conference held as part of the PACE autumn plenary session Sept. 28.
Brasseur was answering an Armenian journalist's questions about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and that the Azerbaijanis have been allegedly acting as the aggressors recently.
Brasseur said that she had repeatedly said that the issue of the territorial integrity is very important and it is a vital element for the Council of Europe.
"Violence is not an answer and it can never be an answer," she said. "The negotiation process is underway. We are told that the negotiations do not relate to the powers of the Council of Europe and that you do not know anything here, while both countries are the members of our organization. We must try to find solutions through a dialogue. The tension between the delegations of the sides of the conflict is felt in the assembly too. It is necessary to try to overcome this confrontation even for people to try to find solutions in the assembly."
She said that the population of the region is mostly conflict-affected.
"The residents of the region are mostly conflict-affected," she said. "They are the members of the Council of Europe. They must be protected. It is necessary to protect their human rights."
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 CN