Ex-PACE Official Lobbying Against Karabakh in Europe

YEREVAN (News.am)–The former head of an influential committee in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is working for the Azerbaijani lobby in Europe to sway politicians and organizations in the EU to support a resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict favoring Azerbaijan, News.am reported Wednesday.

“The project includes meetings with my colleagues in the European Council and European Parliament,” said Goran Lindblad, who headed PACE’s Political Affairs Committee. “I have already discussed it with politicians from Finland, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain, and I am planning to appeal to all members of the EU and PACE.”

According to Lindblad, the lobbying initiative will be coordinated through the Azerbaijani-European Community (TEAS), an Azerbaijani public affairs organization based out of London.

The main objective, Lindblad said, is “to strengthen the propaganda among European policy makers regarding the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.” According to him, the current the relative lack of pressure from the EU to resolve the Karabakh conflict in Azerbaijan’s interests is a sign of the low level of lobbying conducted on the issue.

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  1. Simon said:

    Of course, Armenia itself will have nothing to say about this and won’t do anything about it – such as refusing to deal with the OSCE or cancelling a meeting with Azerbaijan.

    Armenia just sits there like a log.

  2. Assdig Maagar said:

    This happens time and time again. Shall we name all the ex US Congressman, Senators, former Defense Secretaries, Presidential advisors and I can go on and on, that are working now or have at one point for TAC paid for the Turkish or AZ Governments. This is lobbying at its best, which is if we put it bluntly, legal bribery and buying influence. That’s the way it is. What are we Armenians doing about it?
    We surely can’t match our opponents with their financial advantage. The only tool we can have, which we don’t at the moment is, a strong, united voice (Diaspora & Armenian government) that will battle these elements with PR and expose their true identity every step of the way, very aggressively. This can be done and it is not that hard but needs work from all of us, in a constructive way and having the ultimate goal, survival of Armenia and Artsakh above anything else engrained in our minds.

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