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Elkhan Suleymanov: PACE Officially Identifies Armenia as Occupying Power of Nagorno-Karabakh and Adjacent Areas of Azerbaijan, Requests Immediate Withdrawal of Armenian Forces from the Region

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What follows is a recent, firsthand account of new and historically significant developments at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. We are pleased at the opportunity to carry this important recollection here.

(Strasbourg, January 30, 2016) Two draft reports, related to Nagorno-Karabakh and other territories of Azerbaijan occupied by Armenia, were debated and put to the vote during the winter part-session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg. Both reports were the result of motions tabled by Elkhan Suleymanov, who has been fighting in Strasbourg for two years to have the forgotten issue of occupied Nagorno-Karabakh and adjacent territories back on the international agenda.

The first draft report put the focus on the escalation of violence at the contact line on the front with Armenian armed forces, and the second emphasized the humanitarian crisis Azerbaijani citizens are facing in regions close to the Sarsang reservoir, as these Azerbaijani citizens are being deliberately deprived of water.

“Europe defends aggressor Armenia”

Elxan Süleymanov

Elkhan Suleymanov

Member of Parliament, member of Azerbaijani delegation to PACE

Today PACE plenary session will vote on the reports “Escalation of tension in Nagorno Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan” and “Inhabitants of frontier territories of Azerbaijan are deliberately deprived of water” at 13:00. Both reports were adopted with great majority at Committees’ meetings in November of last year. It is the first time in PACE pratice that the reports adopted in Committees face such severe pressure. The statements of Armenian officials on the eve of plenary session widely explained how seriously they prepared against these reports.

Yesterday we lively witnessed it on the first day of the plenary session. Armenia strongly armed with “heavy weapons” for the plenary session. Armenia influenced to and made pressure on PACE members through presidents, prime ministers, and other leading officials, even religious officials of all PACE member states, promoting the religious factor. Occupier Armenia and multiple anti-Azerbaijani forces supporting the occupation worked out an individual strategic plan against each report.

The Armenian side tabled 21 amendments to the report on “Inhabitants of frontier territories of Azerbaijan are deliberately deprived of water”. The amendments provide for removing main points of the report and tough paragraphs expressing the fact of occupation, so, they intend to achieve that the report loses its significance at all.

The strategy against the report on the “Escalation of tension in Nagorno Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan” is fully different. The Armenian side didn’t table any amendments to this report and aim at completely blocking it. Therefore, they work in accordance with 3-step scenario:

1. To send this report back to Political Affairs Committee on different excuses, for reconsideration;
    2. If impossible, to block the report completely at the plenary session;
    3If impossible, to prevent the approval of the report by voting against.

 

They launched their plan on the first direction since the fisrt day of plenary session, on 25th January 2016. Contradictory to PACE Rules of Procedure, PACE Secretary General Mr. Wojciech Sawicki, Azerbaijan’s extreme enemy, suggested to send the report back to the Committee by making pressure on Bureau. Nevertheless, the proposal was rejected at yesterday’s Bureau meeting. Then our enemies attacked us in political groups. Two out of 5 PACE political groups – Socialist and European United Left decided to send the reports back to the Committee, and other political groups made multiple attempts to defend Armenia.

It should be noted that Mr. Robert Walter, author of the report on occupation, is no longer represented in PACE as a parliamentarian. Therefore, Armenia, first of all, attempts that the report is sent back to Political Committee. In this case, Armenians attempt to have a pro-Armenian MP elected as a rapporteur in the Committee, thus, they intend to fully remove this report and to hide their aggressive policy.

The warning statement by OSCE Minsk Group to PACE a few days ago also serves directly to the interests of the aggressor. Thus, it is obvious that political authorities of Co-Chairing countries of Minsk Group defend Armenia.

Europe today defends agressor Armenia, but aggression and fury prevails against Azerbaijan, which is subject to aggression.

 

26.01.2016

Strasbourg, France

Australian government urges an end to occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh

“It has been our consistent position that the governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan should come together peacefully to resolve the issue, to end the conflict and to end the occupation of the Nagorno-Karabakh area,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia Julie Bishop responding to the question of member of parliament, head of Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group on Azerbaijan Luke Simpkins on the Government’s position on the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute.

Representatives of democracy and freedom house supported the occupation and the aggressor during PACE summer session

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Member of Azerbaijani Delegation to PACE

 The draft report on the functioning of democratic institutions in Azerbaijan prepared by co-rapporteurs Mr. Pedro Agramunt and Mr. Tadeusz Iwinski was discussed and adopted during PACE’s summer session on June 23, 2015. The discussion were very tense. As expected, main debates focused on the paragraph regarding Nagorno Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan in draft resolution of the report.

Shusha was occupied on this day 23 years ago

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On May 8, 1992 at 3.20 a.m. Armenian troops launched a campaign to seize Shusha city – the biggest Azerbaijani city in Nagorno Karabakh. Shusha was being shelled till 6.00 a.m. and afterwards approximately one thousand Armenian soldiers opened an attack on Shusha from three sides with support of about 40 armored vehicles of 366 Russian regiment earlier handed over to Armenians.