PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATIONS OF ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN WILL MEET IN STRASBURG

Public Radio, Armenia
Nov 29 2006

The meeting of the parliamentary delegations of Armenia and Azerbaijan
will most probably take place in January 2007 in Strasburg. It will
be presided over by the Chairman of the PACE Subcommittee on Nagorno
Karabakh Lord Russell Johnston.

"Since this meeting can be held neither in Baku nor in Yerevan,
the decision has been taken to hold it in Strasburg," said Russell
Johnston. At the same time he said he does not expect much from the
forthcoming meeting of the parliamentary delegations. "When Azerbaijan
and Armenia simultaneously became members of the Council of Europe,
it was expected that the conflict between the two states would stop,
but it didn't happen," Johnston added.

He noted that "the aim of creation of the Subcommittee was the
establishment of dialogue between the two countries, which does not
exist so far. "The Committee does not aspire to resolve the conflict.

We have been asked to regulate the contacts between the
parliamentarians of Armenia and Azerbaijan," Russell Johnston stated.