Armenian Delegation Ready to Take on Anti-Armenian Actions in PACE


PACE_logo_75ppiBRUSSELS (Armenpress) — The Armenian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has established a specific strategy and is ready to rebuff the anti-Armenian resolutions included in the agenda of the coming winter session.

Naira Karapetyan, National Assembly Republican Faction Parliamentarian, and member of the Armenian delegation to PACE, said that the Armenian delegation has developed a definite strategy and members are hopeful that they will achieve positive results.

Regarding the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD)–initiated online petition against the two anti-Armenian reports of PACE winter session agenda, Karapetyan noted that the members of the Armenian delegation will voice the results of the petition during the session.

Karapetyan was also  confident that the number of signatories for the petition would increase greatly when winter session begins.

The PACE winter session will start on January 25. Two anti-Armenian reports are included in the session agenda. One of the draft resolutions is authored by British MP Robert Walter on “Escalation of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh and the other occupied territories of Azerbaijan,” which is scheduled to be discussed on January 26. The second draft resolution is titled “Inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deliberately deprived of water” by MP Milica Marković (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

In a December interview with Armenpress, Karabagh Foreign Minister Karen Mirzoyan said that the adoption of the two reports referring to Nagorno Karabagh in the January agenda will have a negative impact on the Azerbaijan-Karabagh conflict negotiation process.

“Although those reports have no binding nature, they can negatively impact the negotiation process over Azerbaijan-Karabagh conflict settlement. Under the light of continued escalation of the situation, becoming more and more dangerous, the adoption of the resolutions, supporting the stance of Azerbaijan will allow Azerbaijani authorities not only to ignore the proposals by Armenia and OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] Minsk Group co-chairs to de-escalate, but can even be perceived by the Azerbaijanis as a carte blanche for solving the conflict by force,” Mirzoyan said.