Azerbaijan, Baku, July 30 /Trend, E.Ostapenko/
The NATO Parliamentary Assembly will not abandon the discussions over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, despite calls by the Armenian parliament, the press office of the Assembly reported.
"Very unlikely that the political leadership of the Assembly would refrain from the discussions simply because somebody don't like it, - NATO PA press office told Trend. - There has been a political commitment by the Assembly to go ahead in this issue".
NATO PA has discussed the possibility of introducing a resolution at its next meting in Warsaw in November. And that resolution would be on something related to Nagorno-Karabakh.
Earlier Friday, 'Armenia Today' news agency published an appeal of Armenian parliament's speaker
Hovik Abrahamyan to NATO PA head John Taner to refrain from discussions over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict "in connection with a possible report on the Karabakh problem, which the NATO PA plans to prepare".
NATO PA press office said there are no preparations to publish a report on Nagorno-Karabakh. However, there are plans to adopt a resolution at the next meting in Warsaw.
Resolution is non-binding policy recommendations based on the deliberations of the members, the same source said.
"Resolution differs from a report that tries to investigate an issue and inform people about a particular situation, - NATO PA said. - It is just a statement about what a collective membership of the Assembly think should be done on a particular situation".
The Parliamentary Assembly issues those kind of resolutions every year. These are policy recommendations that are debated and approved by the members.
"There has been a commitment to discuss this issue in Parliamentary Assembly, and a commitment to have some sort of resolution on it. So, I suspect that it will go forward," NATO PA said.
The argument of the speaker of the Armenian parliament was that the discussion over the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement outside the OSCE Minsk Group could harm the negotiating process.
However NATO PA press-office told Trend that there are usual consultations with the OSCE Minsk Group which is internationally recognised framework for the peace talks. the last meeting was held in Yerevan in March.
According to NATO PA information, the Assembly is not to interfere in an existing international process like the Minsk Group. The Assembly's choice is support to the 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 seven surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994.
The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the United States - are currently holding the peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.