“The activity of PACE Sub-Committee on Nagorno Karabakh will not be resumed,” PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon said today at a press conference in Strasbourg.
“Although this committee was supported by the former president, I don’t support it, because OSCE Minsk Group is dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and I trust them in their activities, PACE president said, adding that he has decided to contribute to this work in a new format. He holds trilateral meetings with the heads of the Azerbaijani and Armenian delegations; these are unofficial meetings and are not held within the framework of the Sub-Committee.
“I want to visit Armenia together with the Azerbaijani government representatives and Azerbaijan together with the Armenian government representatives,” Jean-Claude Mignon said.
“In the near future Armenia and Azerbaijan will chair the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers. I hope mutual accusations within the organization will end and constructive dialogue will be launched,” he said.
“I know very well that Nagorno Karabakh is a complicated conflict. OSCE Minsk Group has done great work towards the resolution of the conflict. I regularly meet with Jacques Faure in Paris. I can say that the activities are being continued and there are improvements. I think that Minsk Group will put forward proposals soon and report about the work done,” he said.
Jean-Claude Mignon recalled that in five months Armenia will chair the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.
“Following this, Austria and then Azerbaijan will take the office. I tell the delegations of both countries that unless these two countries take concrete steps towards the resolution of Nagorno Karabakh conflict, it will be very difficult for us during the chairmanship of these countries at the organization like Council of Europe, house of democracy, its assembly,” he said.
PACE President said he wished to visit both countries. “I would like to visit these two countries, this is my wish. But it would be better to visit these countries with chairman of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, that is, to visit Armenia together with the Azerbaijani government representatives and Azerbaijan together with the Armenian government representatives. I have an impression that this problem will finally move off dead center,” he said.