EP urges EU to intensify efforts for settlement of Daglig Garabag conflict

08-04-2011 | 12:50        


The lack of any progress as regards the resolution of the unsolved conflicts in the South Caucasus has hindered the development of all kinds of cooperation in the region. Therefore, important steps should be taken towards the solution of Nagorno Karabakh conflict. This is said in the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on the 7th of April.

The European Parliament calls on the European Union to step up its involvement in finding a solution to the protracted conflicts in the South Caucasus based on the principles of international law – in particular the Daglig Garabag conflict. The EP thinks the EU must pursue more active policy stances, more active participation and a more prominent role in permanent and ad hoc conflict resolution structures, including already existing negotiating formats, particularly those of the OSCE Minsk group. The resolutions say that the lack of any progress regarding the unsolved conflicts in the South Caucasus hinders development of all kinds of cooperation in the region. The document expresses concern at the fact that forcibly displaced persons as a result of armed conflicts are still denied their rights to return, property rights and the right to personal security. The European Parliament calls on the Armenian government to unambiguously and unconditionally recognize these rights and the need for a prompt settlement of these problems. Meanwhile, former Foreign Minister of Estonia Mrs. Christine Ojuland made a statement at the European Parliament. She said Daglig Garabag is an inseparable part of Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity must always be kept in the center of attention. The former minister drew attention to the fact that Daglig Garabag was occupied by Armenia 20 years ago and over 600 thousand people were forced to leave their homes. Thus, she urged the European Parliament to respect this fact that confirms Daglig Garabag as the Azerbaijani land recognized on the international level. Mrs. Ojuland thinks that this fact must be taken into consideration in each initiative of the European Parliament, Council of Europe and European Commission. Only, after the international community recognizes the principle of territorial integrity, it is possible to achieve peace and stability in the South Caucasus - Mrs. Ojuland said.