Euronest says Armenia wrong in light of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

By: Mushvig Mehdiyev

“Armenia is wrong in view of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” read a statement made by Euronest official in Yerevan at a work session.

Armenia’s capital Yerevan hosted the fourth plenary session of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, a forum for parliamentary debate for the Eastern Partnership, on March 18.

Addressing the session, Co-Chair of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, Boris Tarasiuk said historical facts obviously showed that Armenia was wrong when it comes to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

When the talks focused on the internationally recognized borders of the post-Soviet countries, Tarasiuk noted that the borders which the former Soviet nations inherited following the Soviet empire’s collapse are “untouchable”.

“Not only have me, but the whole world supported this fact. Borders of all post-Soviet states set after the Soviet Union’s collapse have been announced as untouchable. I’ve personally delved into history and we have precise margins,” Tarasiuk said.

Referring to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the Ukrainian political expert called on Armenia to look into history, as well.

“The Euronest considers Armenia to be wrong in view of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It’s an official approach towards the issue,” Tarasiuk added.

Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized Nagorno-Karabakh territory was turned into a battlefield and zone of aggravated tensions after Armenia sent its troops to occupy Azerbaijan’s lands. As a result, 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s internationally recognized territory stands under military occupation. For the past two decades, and despite calls from the international community, Armenia has refused to withdraw its troops and retreat within its national borders.

The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations. Any attempts so far to solve the issue have failed due to Armenia’s refusal to comply with international law and UNSC resolutions.

Tarasiuk’s critics of Armenia at the session also touched upon the post-Soviet nation’s aspirations towards European integration.

“Armenia could not sign an Association Agreement with the European Union since it has already made its choice in favor of the Eurasian Economic Union. It is impossible to ink a document with the EU while being an EEU member,” he said, adding that “Armenia just can’t be a little pregnant.”

Armenia was a European integration adherent until September, 2013 when President Serzh Sargsyan made a decision on joining the EEU, a Russia-led trade bloc.

Armenia formally became a member of the EEU on January 2, 2015 and is now forming a common customs space with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Another former Soviet republic, Kyrgyzstan, is expected to join the union in May.