PACE adopts declaration on Karabakh conflict's peaceful resolution
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 20
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a written declaration on the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said PACE on its official website Apr. 20.
The declaration was signed by 44 deputies.
"Being convinced that a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has no alternative, the Parliamentary Assembly reiterates its continuous support to the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, the only internationally agreed mediation format, to reach a lasting and just settlement of this conflict. Therefore, we urge to respect the continuous calls made by the Minsk Group Co-Chairs not to undermine their mandate and complicate the ongoing negotiations," said the resolution.
"We encourage all sides to undertake decisive steps and show the necessary political will to reach a negotiated settlement based on proposals of the Co-Chair countries - France, USA and Russia - outlined in five statements at the level of their presidents made since 2009. We share the concerns regarding the increase of tensions in the conflict zone. The use of heavy weaponry, such as mortars and rocket launchers, is unacceptable and presents a serious danger to civilian population. We deeply regret the loss of lives, including civilians", reads the resolution.