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PACE chairman to receive leaders of Azerbaijani and Armenian delegations

Politics Materials 25 June 2012 16:36 (UTC +04:00)
The PACE chairman will receive the leaders of the Azerbaijani and Armenian delegations this week.
PACE chairman to receive leaders of Azerbaijani and Armenian delegations

France, Strasbourg, June 25 /Trend A.Maharramli /

The PACE chairman will receive the leaders of the Azerbaijani and Armenian delegations this week.

"This meeting will discuss the upcoming activities of the subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh," chairman of the structure Jean-Claude Mignon said on Monday during the first day of PACE spring session, answering a question on the future of the subcommittee on Nagorno-Karabakh.

"The decision, which will be taken at this meeting on the matter will be presented at a meeting of the PACE Bureau. My position, not as chairman of PACE, but my personal position is that I am against the continuation of the subcommittee activity on Nagorno-Karabakh. Minsk
group of the OSCE deal with this problem, I will try trust to be given to Minsk Group and the sides rely on it during the resolution of the conflict settlement," Mignon said.

He added that it is necessary to move forward in advancing proposals of the Minsk Group to resolve the conflict.

"They could have put forward proposals that would help to resolve the conflict. Minsk Group should be more efficient and effective. I'm not interested in the animation of structures involved in resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and do not see the need. This will create confusion in such a sensitive issue as the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. We are interested in conducting an appropriate and effective action in settling the conflict. Otherwise, we say that the Minsk Group does not perform its assigned mission, and it is wound up. My personal solution is that the Minsk Group should continue its activities. It is worthy to continue. From the beginning I was against the creation of the subcommittee, my opinion has not changed, it is my personal opinion," the chairman of PACE said.

If the Bureau decides on the continuation of the subcommittee, he will treat it with respect, Mignon said.

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 and the surrounding regions.

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