PACE president believes 2013 could be an exceptional year in terms of Karabakh conflict settlement

2013 can be an exceptional year in terms of  resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict,  President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Jean-Claude Mignon said in Baku.

“The Council of Europe Subcommittee on Nagorno Karabakh is out of function, we are thinking of a new direction to replace it,”  Mignon said, APA reports.

“I am making efforts to bring together heads of Azerbaijani and Armenian delegations to PACE during sessions and other meetings to hold serious trilateral discussions on Nagorno Karabakh. Along with these discussions, I regularly keep in touch with OSCE French co-chair, get information from him about the process. We think that 2013 can be considered an exceptional year. This year offers special privileges to both countries – Armenia and Azerbaijan for taking concrete steps. This year is considered exceptional, because Armenia and Azerbaijan are holding rotating chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers this year. When the Committee of Ministers was established, one of the main objectives was to prevent conflicts, urgently solve the existing conflicts. I want to say that this year Azerbaijan and Armenia have a chance in this regard. They should take the chance, evaluate this historical moment and take concrete steps to resolve the conflict,” PACE President stated.

2013 is remarkable also for the fact that 50 years ago “Elysée Treaty” was signed to resolve the conflict between France and Germany. Azerbaijan and Armenia can also sign a peace treaty for the settlement of the conflict following the example of the 50th anniversary of “Elysée Treaty”.

“PACE has all opportunities to reconcile both sides and reach an agreement on this issue,” he concluded.

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