TERRY DAVIS: "I CONCERN WHEN I HEAR THAT PEACEFUL MEANS FOR SOLUTION OF NAGORNO KARABAKH CONFLICT HAVE ENDED"

Azeri Press Agency
May 29 2008
Azerbaijan

Strasbourg. Fuad Gulubeyli-APA. Secretary General of the Council of
Europe Terry Davis addressed the plenary meeting of the CE Congress
of Local Regional Authorities on May 28.

After his address, Mr. Davis answered the questions of participants
and touched upon the Nagorno Karabakh conflict too. Davis said
that he had visited Azerbaijan and Armenia for the several times
and learned the conflicts in the South Caucasus. "I was shocked
when I saw living conditions in the refugee camps in Azerbaijan. I
expressed my ideas at the official meetings with the leaders of
both countries and I think it gave its results. Certain work has
been done for improvement of living conditions of refugees since
than. The root of this problem is between Azerbaijan and Armenia and
relates to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. There was war between these
countries and both sides suffered from it. In that time Europe had no
information about the details of this conflict. It was not discussed
there because Europe was at work upon former Yugoslavia and crimes
committed there though same events were happening in the South Caucasus
too. Now the situation is so that we try to protect human rights in
both Azerbaijan and Armenia and intends for soonest solution of the
conflict. While entering the Council of Europe, both countries took
obligations for peaceful solution of the conflict and I very concern
when I hear that peaceful means have ended and one of the sides is
going to take military measures. In such cases I would put forward
the initiative for the CE Committee of Ministers to take necessary
measure, because it would be violation of obligations taken before
the Council of Europe". Terry Davis advised to the conflict parties,
as a friend of both Azerbaijan and Armenia, to look forward for future
not forgetting the past. "I don't say that you must forget the past,
but you need to look forward for finding solution to the conflict".

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress