Armenian, Azeri Delegations Meet at PACE

STRASBOURG–Armenian and Azeri parliamentarians met Tuesday on the sidelines of a regular session of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), the Azeri Press Agency reported.

The meeting was attended by the heads of both countries’ PACE delegations, Samad Seyidov from Azerbaijan and David Harutyunyan from Armenia. Opposition members of parliament from both countries were also represented with Azerbaijan’s Sabir Hajiyev and Armenia’s Armen Rustamyan. PACE Chairman Mevlut Cavusoglu and Secretary General Mateo Sorinas were also present.

According to Seyidov, the two delegations decided to meet again on Friday, after which they will issue an announcement.

The meeting came as Azeri PACE delegate Rafael Huseynov introduced began circulating a resolution calling on the Pan-European body to “renew its efforts to resolve the Karabakh conflict.”

“Armenia’s ignorance of the renovated Madrid principles proposed by the OSCE Minsk Group, which imply speeding up the solution of the problem, and regular violation of the cease-fire agreement by this state along the entire contact line, generates concern,” the resolution said, in part.

The declaration, title “The necessity for speeding up the peaceful solution of Armenian-Azerbaijani, Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” has thus far been signed by more than 20 members of parliament from 15 countries, according to the APA.

Under PACE regulations, written declarations are published, circulated, and announced by the presidium at a plenary session. If more PACE members sign the document, it is republished with their signatures.

Meanwhile, Armenian delegate Zaruhi Postanjyan also began circulating a resolution that condemned Baku for “eradicating” the Armenian cultural heritage in Azerbaijan and called for the recognition of Karabakh’s right to self-determination. Postanjyan’s resolution was endorsed by 29 members of parliament from 19 countries.

“The Parliamentary Assembly must demand from Azerbaijan greater conformity and more sincere respect for its obligations,” the resolution said, noting Baku’s refusal to negotiation with Karabakh’s, its dangerous policy of military aggression, and its ongoing “imprisonment of citizens who dispute the official version of the Karabakh war.”

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