19:46 27/02/2014 >> IN THE WORLD

To support the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is to help to establish an
ultimate peace in the South Caucasus, reads the joint article of the
French national Assembly MPs Francois Rochebloine, Rene Rouquet and Guy
Teissier. The article is placed in the reputable French daily Le Monde.

According to the publication, soon the 20th anniversary of armistice
agreement, signed to stop a long and brutal war in Nagorno-Karabakh,
will be marked. The agreement was signed in 12th of May in 1994. As
a result of this war for independence a new state was born, located
between Armenia and Azerbaijan, on the Armenian territories, at the
crossroads of Russian, Turkish and Iranian cultures.

"Twenty years - it is one whole generation; generation of young
Azerbaijanis and Karabakh people, who were to see only peace and whose
inalienable right for life and security was to be recognized. However,
it should be state that even if the war is over, the peace is still
needed to be achieved: the truce is extremely shaky in the absence of
a document of mutual recognition and even a direct dialogue between
the parties. Therefore, Azerbaijan, as well as Nagorno-Karabakh,
is deprived of prospects of normal and peaceful development," note
the parliamentarians.

In their opinion, the peace must be achieved. This means that the
existing facts should be recognize and a transparent dialogue should
consciously and voluntarily by initiated, with an ultimate goal to
fix the mistakes. However, this requires pluralism and democracy in
each of the countries.

"We, the members of France-Karabakh friendship group, are for the
peace in the South Caucasus; we call on the parties to perform realism
and pragmatism: neither threats, nor militaristic rhetorics and the
military activities will not persuade the former colony, Karabakh,
to return to the "bosom" of Azerbaijan. After 20 years of signing
ceasefire provocations are being repeatedly performed almost every
month which lead to deaths of soldiers and civilians in Karabakh from
the fire of Azerbaijani soldiers, whose attacks are being prevented.

Recurrence of identical tragedies holds away the prospect of peaceful
coexistence every day. For us, recognition of Karabakh does not mean
becoming an enemy to Azerbaijan. We, like other people who visited
Karabakh, are recognized persona non grata by the Azerbaijani regime.

This is ridiculous and destructive behavior," the material states.

The French parliamentarians noted that the acquisition of the peace
first of all means healing the wounds of the past. Crimes have been
committed during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which need to be
uncovered. Armenians were their victims in Sumgait, Kirovabad and
Maragha, and Meskhetiana in Khojalu.

"Sumgait pogroms organized on the 27th February in 1988, where hundreds
of people became a victim, served a cause for the conflict.

This, surely, led to the arrests and judicial verdicts by the
Soviet authorities, however only the executors were punished. The
real organizers were not brought to justice, and the fact that
the murders were premeditated, was also ignored. This is the power
of democracy - to be confident in your abilities, to establish the
necessary commissions, which will expose and convict the real culprits,
softening the pain and promoting the reconciliation," stressed the
authors of the statement.

They note that "having witnessed an obvious progress achieved
by the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, they are happy to know that the
non-governmental organization Freedom House in its final report on the
human rights and freedoms has assessed it as a partly free country."

"We are in full solidarity with the former NKR President Arkady
Ghukasyan, who recently noted that "the purpose of conflict settlement
is not only in the official refusal of hostility, but also in
establishment of historic reconciliation between the two peoples ...

for preventing the further conflicts" and that contacts between civil
societies can outline the way," the statement reads.

The parliamentarians expressed hope that their appeal will be responded
by the Azerbaijani civil society, and that the "new forces that are
born there, will renounce propaganda of hatred and will look into
the future."

"If these forces show up, if dialogue initiatives and contacts are
born, then make sure that our modest group will be supporter and
comrade-in-arms for them," concluded Rochebloine, Rouquet and Teissier.


From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress