Azerbaijan, Baku, 21 January / Trend corr I. Alizade / The winter session of the Parliamentary Commission of the Council of Europe (PACE) is beginning in Strasburg today.
The meeting will discuss election of the new PACE President and Vice-President, and the PACE Bureau and the Permanent Committee report about work carried out will be delivered. During the session election of judges to the European Court on Human Rights, Kosovo's future status, fulfillment of obligations by member countries of the organization, global warming and ecological disasters, the current situation in CE countries, and other issues will be discussed.
A group of Azerbaijani MPs headed by the chair of the permanent parliamentary commission for international relations and inter-parliamentary links Samad Seyidov, who is also head of the Azerbaijani permanent delegation to the CE will attend. The delegation will include Ali Huseynov, Gultakin Hajiyeva, Ganira Pashayeva, Rafael Huseynov and Sabir Hajiyev.
The PACE Subcommittee for Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict will hold a meeting during the session. It will discuss the measures taken for settling the conflict, as well as further steps. The chair of the Subcommittee, British MP Lord Russell Johnston will pay a visit to Azerbaijan at the beginning of February.
Documents on Nagorno-Karabakh which were developed by the Azerbaijani delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will be submitted to the organization at the winter session. The documents regard the occupation by Armenia of part of Azerbaijan, arson committed all over the occupied territories and destruction of cultural and historical monuments.
In January 2005, PACE passed Resolution 1416 in connection with the Nagorno-Karabakh problem. The Resolution says that Armenia occupies Azerbaijani territories. It also contains suggestions on settling the conflict.
PACE established a sub-committee on control over implementation of the conflict. The documents urge CE to increase pressure upon Armenia in order to make it implement the resolution passed by PACE. The documents are planned to be distributed both in PACE and other committees of the organization,
When ecological globalization and ecological activities are discussed at the winter session, the organization will be informed of how Armenians burn the forests and pollute the waters in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.
The winter session of PACE will last till 25 January.