Elkhan Suleymanov: PACE Committee calls for withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan

Baku: www.csxxr.org, influential USA center studying the post-Soviet countries, published an interview with MP Elkhan Suleymanov.

APA presents the translation of the interview

Paris, November 4th, 2015: After very tough debates during several hours, the PACE Political Affairs Committee adopted eventually with very large majority, by 26 in favor, 10 against and 3 abstentions, a resolution proposing the Assembly to call on “the withdrawal of Armenian armed forces and other irregular armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the other occupied territories of Azerbaijan, and the establishment of full sovereignty of Azerbaijan in these territories.”

After a fierce fight of many years, this is a major accomplishment for Azerbaijan, in its attempt to bring this issue back to the attention of international parliamentary organization PACE.

The resolution also calls on “all parties directly involved in the illegal conviction of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev by unrecognised “courts” in Nagorno-Karabakh and their continuing imprisonment there, to ensure their immediate release by the occupying power, Armenia.”

Furthermore, the resolution proposes that “the Assembly strongly condemns the lack of cooperation by the Armenian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly and the government of Armenia in the preparation of this report. The Assembly considers that such behavior is in breach of Armenia’s commitments as a member of the Council of Europe and resolves to consider what measures can be taken in this instance and to ensure that its Rapporteurs are not hindered in the future in the pursuit of their mandates.” Rapporteur Robert Walter (United Kingdom) precised during his keynote speech that the Assembly should envisage this lack of cooperation by Armenia as being in breach with Rules of the Assembly, insisting that this should be fully investigated by the PACE’s Rules Committee, expectedly leading to sanctions against the Armenian delegation.


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