Xinhua General News Service, China
May 31, 2013 Friday 9:55 AM EST


Armenia should contribute to settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh dispute: PACE chief

YEREVAN May 31

Armenia should use its chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of
the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to
contribute to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute, said the
PACE president.

In an interview with Armenia's Armenpress, Jean Claude Mignon said
that PACE does not side with any of the parties of the conflict but
supports the efforts of the Organization for Security and Cooperation
in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group through parliamentary diplomacy.

"This is what we have been doing for a while. The OSCE Minsk Group is
the only format competent for providing the parties with options of
peaceful solutions to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Mignon was
quoted as saying.

On May 16, Armenia assumed the presidency of the Committee of
Ministers of PACE for six months, which Mignon referred to as a unique
opportunity to seek to resolve the conflict.

Armenia and Azerbaijan have been locked in a bitter territorial
dispute over the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh region since the 1990s.
No final peace deal has been signed after a 1994 ceasefire.