CE Recognizes Azerbaijan’s Territorial Integrity Once More
Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr I. Alizadeh / Gultakin Hajiyeva, the deputy chairman of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE reported from Strasbourg on 17 April that the Armenian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) during the session of the organization once again intended to make changes to the report on the state of Azerbaijan's fulfilment of its CE obligations and thus create problems for the country. However, Armenian MPs did not achieve this goal. Hajiyeva noted that Armenia will hold presidential elections on 12 May. "MPs representing Armenia did not attend the Spring session due to this fact. However, Azerbaijan put forward a number of proposals at the meeting of the PACE Monitoring Committee held on 28 March during discussions of the final draft of the report, and the amendments were taken into consideration," the MP reported.
The MP added that one of the amendments made in the final draft of the report was dealing with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. In the report prepared by PACE co-rapporteurs, Karabakh was indicated as a component part of Azerbaijan. "The document reveals the real situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. In order to make amendments to this part of the report the Armenian PACE delegation attended the session in full membership, though their participation had not been expected. Armenian MPs intended to put a shadow on our success gained on 28 March, but failed," Hajiyeva said.
Hajiyeva reported that the issue had been previously discussed at the monitoring committee and the proposals of the Armenian MPs rejected. She noted that the Armenian delegation once more proposed to change the "Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan" words in the report into "Nagorno-Karabakh region". The proposal was rejected. "As a result we achieved the greatest success in CE history. Recognition of the territorial integrity of countries within the UN format was reflected in the PACE document. The territorial integrity of Azerbaijan was recognized in compliance with the UN format. Armenia's regular attempt at foreign policy failed," Hajiyeva added.
The PACE spring session, which began its work in Strasbourg on 16 April, discussed Azerbaijan's fulfilment of its CE obligations. As a result, a resolution has been adopted with respect to Azerbaijan. 99 MPs supported the document, 1 was against and 4 abstained.
MPs Samad Seyidov, Gultakin Hajiyeva, Sabir Hajiyev, Ganira Pashayeva, Ali Huseynov and Rafael Huseynov represent Azerbaijan in the gathering which will end on 30 April.