PACE President Rene van der Linden today expressed his great disappointment at the lack of breakthrough in the latest round of presidential talks on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the report of the Council of Europe reads, according to Trend.
"I must once again reiterate that there will be no sustainable development or prosperity for the region and no future for its children without a peaceful settlement to this dispute," said Mr. van der Linden, who held a series of high-level meetings with political leaders when visiting the region last August.
"I strongly encourage all parties to resume their discussions as soon as possible and with renewed determination. The Minsk Group process retains the full political support of the Assembly," he added.
"In addition, we will continue to facilitate parliamentary diplomacy as a supplementary means of promoting dialogue and rapprochement, in particular through our ad-hoc committee dealing with the issue, which will be meeting next month. Following this, I intend to discuss ways to intensify these efforts when I meet the speakers of the parliaments of Armenia and Azerbaijan in May."