PACE Rapporteur Terry Davis Arrives in Yerevan

YEREVAN (Armenpress)–Arriving in Yerevan–Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) rapporteur on Nagorno Karabagh Terry Davis–admitted that ongoing Armenian-Azeri opposition remains a complicated issue for the European body–which is showing a growing interest in the region as both countries have been Council of Europe members for two years already.

"I am not going to replace the OSCE Minsk group and its chairmen but am trying to do what is possible. I would like to be useful in the regulation of this problem and that was the reason that induced me to take up the preparation of the report," Davis said.

Davis said his report will not published until the end of the year as both Armenia and Azerbaijan are having elections–Armenia to have parliamentary elections next May 25 and presidential election in Azerbaijan is scheduled for next autumn in order to avoid interfering in the domestic issues of both countries.

Davis said he will refrain from making announcemen’s during the course of his visit–as his main goal is to information gathering from both sides. Before arriving in Yerevan Davis spent three days in Azerbaijan–but said he would not be visit Nagorno Karabagh. "I hope to visit the Summer before completing my report," he said.

Davis said he could not–at this point–address the issue of whether Karabagh should be an active participant in negotiations.

In the course of his stay in Yerevan Davis will meet with foreign minister Oskanian–president Kocharian and other top Armenian officials.

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