Council of Europe’s position questions Azerbaijan’s future membership in this organization, top official says
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 25
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
A position displayed by the Council of Europe questions Azerbaijan's future membership in this organization, said Novruz Mammadov, the deputy head of the Azerbaijani presidential administration, chief of the administration's foreign relations department.
"Along with some bodies of the European Union, PACE also demonstrates that international law is of no significance," he tweeted.
"The principle of "we want everything our way" prevails. The position of these bodies on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a vivid example. This is another example of double standards. Regrettably, those in Europe still fail to realize where such policy leads and what the outcome could be."
"The EU already has the UN bodies involved into the anti-Azerbaijan campaign," he wrote. "Such a situation may compel Azerbaijan to revisit its foreign policy course."
A resolution on Azerbaijan was adopted following the PACE discussion of the report entitled "The functioning of democratic institutions in Azerbaijan" June 23. It was prepared by Pedro Agramunt and Tadeusz Iwinski, the co-rapporteurs for Azerbaijan.
During the discussions, a group of pro-Armenian MPs tried to exclude a provision regarding the occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia from the resolution.
The proposed changes were adopted at the fifth attempt. As a result, the text of the resolution included the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
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