Hovhannisian Addresses Possible Consequences of PACE Resolution

YEREVAN (RFE/RL-Yerkir)–National Assembly Vice Speaker Vahan Hovhannisian said on Friday–that the resolution on Mountainous Karabagh–adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe earlier this week–is completely void of the causes of the conflict in the region–making it difficult to reach a final settlement.

"The most dangerous thing about the resolution is that it seems to devaluate the work done by the Minsk Group," said Hovhannisian.

Peace proposals put forward by the French–Russian and US co-chairs of the group since 1998 have been largely accepted by the Armenian side.

Hovannisian–a member of the government coalition’s Armenian Revolutionary Federation–also revealed that the Armenian government failed to heed his party’s warnings about Azerbaijan’s efforts to expand the circle of international organizations dealing with the conflict.

"We had long been warning that discussions [on Karabagh] in that forum–hold little promise for us," he told reporters. "However–no attention was paid to that. There was confidence that everything would be done within the framework of the [OSCE’s] Minsk Group." The non-binding PACE resolution accuses Armenia of occupying parts of Azerbaijan.

He added that parliament speaker Artur Baghdasarian has agreed to an ARF proposal to set up an ad hoc commission to coordinate the work of Armenian delegations at various inter-parliamentary organizations. The proposal was made after the PACE debate on Karabagh last Tuesday–he said.

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