South Caucasus Parliamentary Initiative Group May Suspend Functioning
Azerbaijan, Baku, 14 January / Trend corr. I.Alizadeh / The Parliamentary Initiative Group of the South Caucasus may stop functioning.
"Despite repeated appeals, Armenia has not formed a delegation to the Parliamentary Initiative Group of the South Caucasus and no one knows if the structure will keep functioning," MP Siyavush Novruzov, the leader of the Azerbaijani Delegation to the Initiative Group, stated to Trend on 14 January.
The Parliamentary Initiative Group of the South Caucasus was established at the advice of the British NGO LINKS. The task of the group is to expand relations among the three South Caucasus countries, which is supported by the Council of Europe and European Union. Ten MPs from each country, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, are represented in the group. The leader of the group is changed every six months. Azerbaijan is currently chairing the group. Under the Charter, the organization should hold meetings twice a year.
Novruzov said that no one knows why Armenia has not formed a delegation. LINKS leadership and some other structures of the European Union officially appealed to the Armenian Parliament to disclose its position concerning the functioning of the Group. However, Armenia has not responded to such appeals.
" Azerbaijan is interested in continuing the Parliamentary Initiative Group of the South Caucasus. The issues were included on the agenda during meetings of the group, which are protected by Georgia. Armenia remains the only country. And, therefore, Armenia does not want to attend at the meetings of the group," Novruzov said.