TEAS supports PACE Motion for a resolution citing concerns over Armenian PACE Presidency

Press Release: The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) supports a Motion for a resolution requesting a review of the Armenian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers at the Parliamentary Assembly for the Council of Europe (PACE) (Doc. 13210), which began on 16 May 2013. To date, 31 European MPs from Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, Italy, Poland, Spain, and the UK from the EPP, SOC, ALDE and EDG political groups have signed the proposed Motion.

Making reference to the ongoing Armenian occupation of the Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven surrounding regions, the proposed Motion reads: “In several resolutions by the international community, Armenia was clearly identified as an aggressor State which was repeatedly condemned for armed aggression, also by the Council of Europe, as Armenia’s attitude in this regard is in clear contradiction with the Parliamentary Assembly’s fundamental principles.”

It goes on to request that the Council of Ministers should “review” the Armenian Presidency and “apply whatever pressure they can” on Armenia to end the occupation. The Motion concludes that during the Armenian Presidency, the “topic should be put high on the agenda.”

Notes to editors: Azerbaijan has the one of the highest populations of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) per capita in the world, in addition to refugees, due to the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict. This raged from 1988–94, costing the lives of around 30,000 people on both sides, and resulted in the occupation of around 18 per cent of Azerbaijani territory. A ceasefire was declared in 1994. Despite four UN Security Council resolutions being passed, demanding the removal of the occupying forces, Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven surrounding territories remain under Armenian occupation, causing untold human misery.