PACE to resume sub-committee on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict (UPDATE)
Information on re-establishment of PACE subcommittee activities added
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 13 /Trend, R.Hafizoglu/
In April, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will resume the activities of the Sub-committee on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said the Chairman of the Assembly Movlud Chavushoglu upon his arrival in Baku on April 13.
He said that in April, he will meet with representatives of Azerbaijan Samed Seyidov and Armenia David Arutyunyan, and then the activities of the sub-committee will be resumed, which were suspended last year because of the death of the head the sub-committee Lord Russell Johnstone.
Resuming the activities of the sub-committee was planned in March, but the issue was postponed due to incomplete participation of all parties and the absence of the Armenian delegation at the meeting on this issue, said Chavushoglu, who is on an official visit to Azerbaijan after his appointment last year.
"Our goal is to solve the frozen conflicts and assist in solving the problems existing between the countries [members of the PACE]. So after Azerbaijan, I will leave for Armenia," Chavushoglu told journalists. In Baku and Yerevan the head of the Assembly will discuss the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and then will go to Russia.
In solution of Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, PACE completely supports the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.
Chavushoglu's visit will last by April 16, during which he will meet with members of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE and representatives of civil society and make a speech at the Azerbaijan University of Languages. On April 15 Chavushoglu will visit the second largest city of the country - Ganja, where he will meet with representatives of local authorities.