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The necessity to call Azerbaijan to meet its commitments and obligations before the Council of Europe

Written declaration No. 456 | Doc. 12387 | 14 February 2011

Ms Zaruhi POSTANJYAN, Armenia, EPP/CD ; Mr Artsruni AGHAJANYAN, Armenia, ALDE ; Mr Viorel Riceard BADEA, Romania, EPP/CD ; Mr Igor CHERNYSHENKO, Russian Federation, EDG ; Mr Karl DONABAUER, Austria, EPP/CD ; Mr Hans FRANKEN, Netherlands, EPP/CD ; Mr Marco GATTI, San Marino, EPP/CD ; Mr Tamás GAUDI NAGY, Hungary, NR ; Ms Ana GUŢU, Republic of Moldova, ALDE ; Mr Gábor HARANGOZÓ, Hungary, SOC ; Mr Davit HARUTYUNYAN, Armenia, EDG ; Mr Norbert HAUPERT, Luxembourg, EPP/CD ; Mr Rom KOSTŘICA, Czech Republic, EPP/CD ; Mr Václav KUBATA, Czech Republic, EPP/CD ; Mr Franz Eduard KÜHNEL, Austria, EPP/CD ; Mr Markku LAUKKANEN, Finland, ALDE ; Mr Theo MAISSEN, Switzerland, EPP/CD ; Mr Krasimir MINCHEV, Bulgaria, EPP/CD ; Ms Hermine NAGHDALYAN, Armenia, ALDE ; Mr Pasquale NESSA, Italy, EPP/CD ; Mr Petar PETROV, Bulgaria, EPP/CD ; Mr François ROCHEBLOINE, France, EPP/CD ; Mr René ROUQUET, France, SOC ; Mr Armen RUSTAMYAN, Armenia, SOC ; Mr Leander SCHÄDLER, Liechtenstein, EPP/CD ; Ms Ingjerd SCHOU, Norway, EPP/CD ; Mr Fiorenzo STOLFI, San Marino, SOC ; Ms Elke TINDEMANS, Belgium ; Mr Jordi XUCLÀ, Spain, ALDE ; Ms Naira ZOHRABYAN, Armenia, ALDE

The Council of Europe has called on both Armenia and Azerbaijan to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict “by peaceful means only” rejecting any threat for use of force.

The Parliamentary Assembly underlines the need for a climate of trust necessary for a solution to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Assembly also considered that “the OSCE’s Minsk group is the optimum framework for negotiations”.

Contrary to the aforementioned commitments, Azerbaijan continues to:

  • purposefully eradicate its own Armenian cultural heritage within Azerbaijan, the most recent example being the destruction of the Armenian medieval cemetery and thousands of Jugha cross-stones;
  • refuse to recognize Nagorno Karabakh’s right to self-determination;
  • refuse to negotiate with representatives of Nagorno Karabakh, main party of conflict;
  • pursue a dangerous policy of militarising its state and using bellicose, hateful rhetoric against Armenia and Armenians at all levels, including the highest level;
  • imprison citizens who dispute the official version of the Karabakh war, the most vivid case being that of Eynulla Fatullayev;
  • blacklist persons, including Assembly members, who visit Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Parliamentary Assembly must demand from Azerbaijan greater conformity and more sincere respect for its obligations.