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PACE president calls on Armenia to join Karabakh subcommittee

coe 300x199 PACE president calls on Armenia to join Karabakh subcommittee‘Establishment of the Subcommittee on Nagorno Karabakh by PACE is first of all demonstration of the political will.

PACE adopted the resolution on Nagorno Karabakh in 2005 and PACE Bureau passed a decision to establish a Subcommittee on Nagorno Karabakh. But after the death of Lord Russell-Johnston, the first chairman of the committee, PACE Bureau reconsidered the issue and passed a decision to resume its activity. The Armenian side did not accept it.

But I must reiterate that any decision passed by the PACE and its Bureau must be accepted by the member states, this decision must be respected,’ President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Mevlut Cavusoglu said at the press conference in Strasbourg while answering Armenian journalists’ question about the activity of the Subcommittee on Nagorno Karabakh.

Cavusoglu reminded once again that PACE Bureau passed a decision on restoration of the Subcommittee’s activity in January 2011:

‘If the Bureau has passed such a decision everybody must observe it. I consider it important to repeat once again that this committee will be engaged mainly in the humanitarian results of the issues and make efforts for strengthening the dialogue between the delegations of both countries in the organization. PACE doesn’t intend to replace other organizations in this issue. The settlement ways of conflicts in the region must be found. The next meeting of the committee will be held today and I hope the Armenian delegation will participate in its work’.

Despite the restoration of Subcommittee, the Armenian MPs refused to participate in its work at the previous session of PACE.

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