YEREVAN (Combined Source)—“The European Union should offer associate membership to Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan,” said the former Speaker of Slovakia’s parliament at a press conference Tuesday after serving as an election observer in Sunday’s parliamentary vote in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
In highlighting the importance of resolving the Karabakh conflict to all of Europe, the former speaker, Frantisek Miklosko, said a model resembling the confederation with the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg—known as the Benelux model—could be applied to the region, once the countries accept European integration.
As a result of such a model, he said, the EU would promote the rapid development of the three countries and will prepare them as future candidates for EU membership.
“The future of all of Europe is being discussed in Nagorno-Karabakh today. I can compare Europe with a huge strong chain, though, the chain can be stronger if all its links are equally strong and there is no weak link,” Mikloško said, adding that the Karabakh conflict resolution is closely being watch by all of Europe.
Ruling out war as a solution, Miklosko emphasized the need for Azerbaijan to comprehend the urgency of the matter.
Milosko noted the positive efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group, adding, however, that “it has reached a deadlock now because it defends the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan on one hand and the right to self-determination of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh on the other hand.”
In discussing the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic elections, Milosko expressed surprise at European structures for not recognizing the elections.
“What does Europe accept if not democracy?” he said.
“The elections in Nagorno Karabakh were held in a free, democratic and exceptionally calm atmosphere, and fully corresponded to all EU standards,” Milosko told the press conference.