Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr A. Gasimova / The settlement of ongoing unresolved conflicts is a priority issue in the policy of the European Union (EU), according to Charles Tannok, an MP in the European Parliament (EP), who is also the Vice-President of the EP Subcommittee on Human Rights.
Tannok delivered his report on 14 November, during discussions regarding the EU Neighbourhood Policy, taking place at a plenary session of the EP in Strasburg. The report included the idea of establishing a Parliamentary Assembly of the European Union (PACE) - Eastern Neighbourhood, based on already existing parliamentary associations, in which Ukrainian, Moldavian, Azerbaijani, Georgian and Armenian Parliaments, as well as observers from Russia and Turkey, would be represented.
A primary goal of the European Neighbourhood Policy is the peaceful settlement of territorial conflicts, including those that remain deadlocked, such as the Nagorno-Karabakh region in Azerbaijan; the Trans-Dniester Region in Moldavia; and South Ossetia and Abkhazia in Georgia, Tannok said to Trend on 21 November. "Additional bank assistance and an active line of policy of the European Neighbourhood Policy may assist in resolving these conflicts. The report pays special attention to the resolution of so-called 'frozen conflicts' as a priority of the EU policy," Tannok said.
In his report, Tannok calls on Ukraine to join the EU's ban which prevents the leaders of the Tran-Dniester Region of Moldova from moving through its territory.
According to Tannok, PACE - Eastern Neighbourhood would enable Azerbaijani and Armenian MPs to jointly discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with other European MPs. The report also calls on Turkey to open its borders on Armenia and to stop its blockades and isolation.
The report is additionally aimed at the development of civil society in Belarus.