PACE Passes Resolution on Azerbaijan
France, Paris, 24 June / corr. Trend A.Maharremli, I.Alizade / The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) passed a Resolution No 11627 on Azerbaijan during its meeting on 24 June. Some 22 suggestions were made to make changes to the Resolution and of them, 9 were adopted.
On 7 January 2001 Azerbaijan became a full-right member of the Council of Europe and undertook obligations. The PACE appointed co-rapporteurs on Azerbaijan to control fulfillment of the obligations.
The summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe commenced on 23 June in Strasburg. On 24 June, the session will discuss the report prepared by the co-rapporteurs with regards to situation in Azerbaijan.
The members of the Armenian delegation to the PACE made suggestions to make changes to the Resolution's articles on Armenia's occupation of the territories of Azerbaijan. However, during the voting, none of the suggestions made by the Armenian delegation was adopted.
Edward O'Hara, British MP and PACE Culture, Education and Science Committee Rapporteur on the studying of cultural heritage in South Caucasus, suggested to make additions to the article 14, which deals with PACE mission on studying of cultural heritage in South Caucasus. O'Hara and MPs signing their additions stated that Azerbaijan presents obstacles to the realization of this mission.
However, the Deputy Head of Azerbaijan's delegation to the PACE, Gultakin Hajiyeva, protested against the additions. She said that the mission should visit occupied territories of Azerbaijan as well. "This visit should be made via the territory of Azerbaijan," Hajiyeva said.
PACE did not approved additions suggested by O'Hara.
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