Azeri Press Distort Information About PACE

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A document concerning the preservation of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity was not discussed at the recent PACE session–according to Head of the Armenian delegation to PACE–Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Foreign Relations Commission Hovhannes Hovhanissian.

Hovhanissian stressed that the Azeri mass media often distorts the information it receives on the work of the European commission. In particular–PACE Chairman Lord Russell Johnston said he had not made any statemen’s in Baku–which Azeri press had attributed to him. Johnston gave Hovhanissian a report on his tour of the three South Caucasian countries–and point 63 of the report proves that he had not made any statemen’s in Baku.

Hovhanissian said that Armenia does not and will not have any territorial claims in Georgia. What is happening in Georgia and Abkhazia now proves that Armen Rustamyan’s speech at the PACE session was intentionally distorted. The Armenians have repeatedly given its explanations which had been accepted both by PACE and Georgian representatives–thereby an attempt to arouse disagreemen’s between the two countries was not successful.

Hovhanissian confirmed his statement at the session that during the terrorist acts in Western Africa in 1996-98–Osama bin Laden called people in Azerbaijan–where the Al Qaeda organization headed was based–60 times. According to him–this information was received from American sources.

Regarding the Karabakh conflict settlement issue–Hovanissian reported that the principles found in Paris and Key West with which the presidents of the two countries had agreed–later were dismissed by Heydar Aliyev. According to Hovhanissian–the resolution of the problem was conditioned by the solution to the issue of status–the rest of the questions can be solved through further negotiations. Hovanissian said Armenia hoped that Azerbaijani leaders would realize that fundamentally the Karabakh conflict was solved after its people had made their choice.

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