POLITICS


REPORT REFLECTING THE POSITION OF AZERBAIJAN FOCUSED AT PACE SESSION

Regular sitting of Political Committee of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has taken place in headquarters of the Council of Europe in Paris, 14 September, AzerTAj reported.

Members of Committee have discussed the new concepts of estimation of the condition of the democratic development, the report under the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh conflict, connection between Europe and the USA, position in Macedonia, the pact of stability in Southeast Europe and other questions.

The report prepared in connection with the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorny Karabakh conflict, has caused hot discussions among deputies. The English deputy Terry Davis, who started since September of this year to work in the post of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, in detail informed the colleagues that in due time, during his activity as the rapporteur, repeatedly visited the region for detailed acquaintance with the problem, in detail talked not only to heads of the state, politicians, but also representatives of the public, has collected rich material and, at last, has prepared on the said topic a report covering all spheres.

In the report, offered for discussion of deputies, completely have found the reflection of the reason of occurrence and historical roots of the conflict. In the report, it was emphasized that Armenia which is putting forward territorial claims, occupied the lands of Azerbaijan and has pursued in the occupied territories ethnic cleaning, that the rights of more than one million Azerbaijan refugees and IDPs have been breached, and that the aggressive state until now remains indifferent to known resolutions of Security Council of the United Nations that stipulates territorial integrity and sovereignty of each country, on unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from the occupied Azerbaijan territories, and in activity of the Minsk Group mediating in the peace settlement of the conflict while there is no fundamental change, that for the prompt elimination of the problem it is necessary to provide, first of all, territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, then it will be possible to raise the question about status of Nagorny Karabakh, and the means allocated in the budget of Armenia on military charges, much more than it is allocated for the same sphere in Belgium, and it represents serious threat for region of Southern Caucasus.

Deputies Asim Mollazadeh, Samad Seyidov, Daniel Gulle and Jose Durie (France), Hanna Severinsson (Denmark), Andzey Vielovieysky (Poland), David Atkinson (England) have emphasized in the remarks during discussions, that Armenia conducting aggressive policy has occupied not only Nagorny Karabakh, but also other Azerbaijan lands five times surpassing it on territory, that activity of the Minsk Group while remains ineffectual, and refugees and IDPs do not trust the international organizations, that territorial integrity of Azerbaijan is recognized internationally, and granting to Nagorny Karabakh of the status probably only under condition of inviolability of borders of Azerbaijan, spoke about safety Armenians living there. It has been marked also, that the report has a little bit compromise character.

Armenian deputies Tigran Torosyan and Armen Rustamyan, not receding from the principle to blacken all and everything, began to prove that Azerbaijan the first has untied war. A. Rustamyan, always distinguished by his conservative statements, has gone further away, trying to impart deputies the ideas that Azerbaijan, being guided by the positions resulted in the report, will undertake new steps, even will untie war.

At discussion of the question on appointment of the new rapporteur in connection with election of Mr. Terry Davis as the Secretary General, participants of session have unanimously voted for nominee of candidate David Atkinson.

The head of delegation Milli Majlis in PACE Samad Seyidov has told: “The impressive part of the report submitted by Terry Davis to Political Committee for discussion, reflects the position of Azerbaijan. There were widely commented hard conditions of the refugees and the facts of occupation of Azerbaijan territories, ethnic cleaning by Armenia on the occupied territories, and the problem of one million refugees and IDPs. But at the report, also there are moments, which are not corresponding to Azerbaijan’s position. As a whole, I want to note, that the report reflects our position. The new rapporteur is the head of our democratic group David Atkinson. He should complete the report and present it in the advanced form on forthcoming in January of the next year of session for discussion of deputies. We trust, that the substantive provisions found today the reflection in the report, such questions as occupation of the Azerbaijan lands, territorial integrity of our country, inviolability of its borders and others, once again will find reflection in the report which will be submitted to January session”.

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