The PACE Ad Hoc Committee on Nagorno-Karabakh, to meet in Paris on 9 January will take a paper by Lord Rassel Johnston on the work done thus far, MP Asim Mollazade, a member of the Azerbaijani parliamentary delegation at the PACE, told Trend.
Mollazade noted that the last meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee heard speeches by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs and it is not planning to take any report from them. The key objective of the gathering is to discuss issues linked with the implementation of PACE resolution 1416 on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the forthcoming steps, Mollazade noted. The gathering will define the date of the next gathering, he underlined.
In his turn, the head of the Azerbaijani parliamentary delegation at the PACE, Samad Seyidov, told Radio Liberty that the annual report by Lord Rassel Johnson, a British MP, includes the facts of occupation of the Azerbaijani territory and existence of separatist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh. Seyidov said that inclusion of the said items in the report assumes great importee for Azerbaijan, as the document will be anew heard at the January session of the PACE in Strasbourg. Azerbaijan is interested to receive official positions of 45 CE member-countries on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
A meeting of the PACE Ad Hoc Committee will meet in Paris on 9 January 2006. The gathering with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs will focus on the application of the 5th paragraph of CE Resolution 1416 on Nagorno-Karabakh.
According to 5th paragraph of the resolution, the Assembly recalls that the Council of Ministers of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) agreed in Helsinki in March 1992 to hold a conference in Minsk in order to provide a forum for negotiations for a peaceful settlement of the conflict. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, the former Czech and Slovak Federal Republic, France, Germany, Italy, the Russian Federation, Sweden, Turkey and the United States of America agreed at that time to participate in this conference. The Assembly calls on these states to step up their efforts to achieve the peaceful resolution of the conflict and invites their national delegations to the Assembly to report annually to the Assembly on the action of their government in this respect. For this purpose, the Assembly asks its Bureau to create an ad hoc committee comprising, inter alia, the heads of these national delegations.