PACE Becoming part of ‘Corrupt System’ Says Artsakh Representative

David Babayan, Spokesman for the President of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Republic
David Babayan, Spokesman for the President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Source: Public Radio of Armenia)

David Babayan, Spokesman for the President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Source: Public Radio of Armenia)

STEPANAKERT (News.am)—According to David Babayan, spokesperson for Nagorno-Karabakh President Bako Sahakyan, the Sarsang Reservoir and Dam are in very good condition and meet all international standards.

Speaking to News.am on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and its involvement in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, including the latest PACE report considered by the Armenian side to be pro-Azerbaijan on the Sarsang Reservoir, Babayan said that “foreign experts also have visited the reservoir numerous times, and they confirm our statement.”

“As for the Azerbaijani hysteria in connection with Sarsang, the statements on the ‘unreliability’ of the dam do not correspond to reality, and they are another attempt at black public relations.”

“I regret that PACE is becoming a part of the corrupt system,” Babayan said in regards to the fact that the PACE rapporteur on the reservoir, Milica Markovic of Bosnia and Herzegovina who drafted the report titled, “Inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deliberately deprived of water,” has not visited the reservoir.

Babayan said that Markovic is doing what she is told by Azerbaijan, also reiterating Karabakh’s readiness to accept those who wish to objectively study the situation on the ground.

PACE on Thursday published the draft report Markovic. The document will be introduced in the PACE Committee on Social Affairs.

The report specifically proposes to express PACE’s “regret” on the occasion of “the lack of regular maintenance work for over 20 years on the Sarsang reservoir,” which “poses a danger to the whole border region.”

Markovic had refused to visit Karabakh. According to her, the Armenian side had hindered her visit despite previous public invitation on the part of the Artsakh government. Markovic also refused to write a visit request to the President Bako Sahakyan.

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