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12/10/2023 | 18:02:07 Thank you, dear colleagues, I want to first thank the rapporteur for the job he did. It was a challenging job. He did a good job. Regarding the situation: back in 2001 when Azerbaijan became a member of this organisation it undertook an obligation to solve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peacefully, not to use force. In 2020, it waged war against Nagorno-Karabakh. Our Azerbaijani colleagues confess this openly; that they decided to use force, and they are proud of it. That's a breach of their... 22/06/2023 | 18:25:12 Thank you Mister President, dear colleagues, It's ironic that the rapporteur on ensuring free and safe access through the Lachin Corridor wasn't ensured free and safe access to the Lachin Corridor, isn't it? Indeed, this is not a coincidence. For months, the people of Nagorno Karabakh have been under a blockade. For more than a week, they have been under a complete siege, because if before there was still a possibility to send some humanitarian aid, basic food and medical equipment to Nagorno... 24/04/2023 | 15:37:53 Thank you Mr President, dear colleagues, In her speech, Ms Petra STIENEN rightly noticed the symbolism in the fact that today we have commemorated horrendous atrocities from more than a hundred years ago, around 80 years ago, and the atrocities that are happening now. It's an illustration of the fact that we have not managed to exterminate hate and war from our continent. There's also another component in this symbolism - and that is the atrocities of the future. The atrocities that we can... 26/01/2023 | 19:33:19 Thank you, Mister President. First I want to thank all of the speakers who spoke before me for speaking the truth. That's very important. The people in Nagorno-Karabakh may be freezing right now because of the blockade, but your words will certainly warm their hearts, because they will know they are not alone, even though Azerbaijan wants them to think they are alone and that nobody cares. But you show that people do care. Dear colleagues, I know conflicts tend to be complicated, but... 23/01/2023 | 15:59:15 Thank you. Dear colleagues, Since Mr George KATROUGALOS and some of the other speakers mentioned the Armenia-Azerbaijan issue, I'd like to update you on that. I won't talk about Nagorno-Karabakh itself because we will have a different debate on that, a separate debate. But I will update you on the relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.   Dear colleagues, During the last session we held a debate after Azerbaijan attacked the sovereign territory of the Republic of Armenia, occupied some part... 10/10/2022 | 16:46:17 Thank you, Madam Chair. First of all I would like to thank all the speakers who spoke before me, especially Mr Paul GAVAN, for telling the truth and establishing the facts. Indeed, my country, my democratic country, was recently attacked by its authoritarian neighbour. The attack was completely unprovoked and unjustified. Many civilians were killed. Settlements were damaged. Civilian infrastructure was damaged. Mr Paul GAVAN presented it all. Why did this happen dear friends? It happened... 20/06/2022 | 12:48:14 Thank you Madam Chair, Dear colleagues, In April last year this Parliamentary Assembly held discussions on the urgent issue of the Armenian prisoners of war and other captives who found themselves in Azerbaijani captivity after the war. The debates were very emotional. Members of the Assembly emphasised the imperativeness of the immediate and unconditional release of all the prisoners and their repatriation, and stressed that the unlawful detention of these people constitutes a flagrant... 27/01/2022 | 18:03:38 Dear colleagues, Firstly, I would like to thank the rapporteurs, Ms Boriana ÅBERG and Mr Kimmo KILJUNEN, for their truly excellent work. This was a much-expected report since the last one was back in 2011. The report starts with high assessment of the democratic developments in Armenia since the times of the non-violent, Velvet Revolution in 2018, and notes with praise that Armenia has successfully overcome the serious political crisis caused by the consequences of the recent devastating war... 27/09/2021 | 17:20:35 Thank you, Madam Chair. Dear colleagues, Exactly one year ago on this day, Azerbaijan breaching its commitment to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by peaceful means, which it undertook when becoming a member of the Council of Europe, attacked and started a massive full-scale war against Nagorno-Karabakh. This came after years of building institutionalized Armenophobia in Azerbaijan and constant warmongering by its leaders. As a result of the war, both during and later after it, thousands... 27/09/2021 | 16:12:50 Thank you. Dear colleagues, first I want to thank the observation mission to the Armenian elections for their comprehensive report. These elections were the second free and fair elections, national elections in Armenia after the Velvet Revolution of 2018, and these elections took place in a very difficult time after a war which brought many disasters but the Armenian democracy prevailed and the Armenian democratic institutions prevailed. And using the opportunity, I want to respond to our...