MEVLUT CHAVUSHOGHLU: 'ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN ARE UNDER OBLIGATION TO PACE ABOUT THE NKR CONFLICT'

ARMENPRESS
MAY 13, 2010
YEREVAN

YEREVAN, MAY 13, ARMENPRESS: Armenia and Azerbaijan assumed obligations
to PACE about the NKR conflict and they have to realize them,
President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Mevlut Chavushoghlu said at today's press conference in Yerevan and
reminded the PACE had established a subcommittee for the Nagorno
Karabakh issue, which, after the death of the subcommittee chairman
Russell Johnston, does not exist any more. He added that currently
there is no agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan on the mandate of
the subcommittee and its format. Mevlut Chavushoghlu says the issue
of reestablishment of such a subcommittee has been on the agenda of
the Bureau of the European Council for a year. He also assured that
he would pursue making the corresponding decision. 'We held meetings
with the parliamentary delegations of Armenia and Azerbaijan to PACE
and discussed the issue. The meetings will be continuous until we
reach a bilateral agreement on the format of the subcommittee and
related issues,' Mevlut Chavushoghlu said. Ashot Ghulyan, speaker
of the NKR National Assembly, had applied to PACE for carrying out
an observation mission during the May 23 elections of the Nagorno
Karabakh. Mevlut Chavushoghlu commented on this and said that the PACE
Bureau rejected the application, as 'there is no tradition of carrying
out observation mission at elections, which will be held in areas of
'frozen conflicts'.