PACE Delegation Secures Self Determination Definition

YEREVAN (YERKIR)–At the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) summer session–the Armenian delegation succeeded to ensure the support of other countries in turning down proposals put forward by the Azeri and Turkish delegations–Vahan Hovhannesian–head of the Armenian delegation to the PACE and National Assembly vice speaker–told a news conference Monday.

Meanwhile–Hovhannesian said–resolutions favorable for Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh have been passed.

"This time our cooperation with leading nations was successful–I mean–the US–Canada–France and Russia," Hovhannesian said. "Most importantly–we succeeded in including a provision regarding the right to self-determination within PACE resolutions based on the results of the Montenegro referendum."

He noted that the adoption of those resolutions demonstrated a precise balance between the rights to self-determination and territorial integrity.

Hovhannesian said the resolutions caused havoc for the Azeri delegation. The Azeri and Georgian delegations tried to counter those resolutions by two others that would put disputed territories under the control of states–to which they formerly belonged but both resolutions–backed by Turkey–were turned down–Hovhannesian added.

In conclusion–Hovhannesian mentioned that most Council of Europe countries have a vague understanding how the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would be resolved–but they realize which side is prepared to make compromises and which one is not.


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