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20 November, Wednesday

New approach to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

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OSCE Parliamentary Assembly opened the 28th session under the theme of "Advancing Sustainable Development to Promote Security: The Role of Parliaments.” Many problems were embraced during the session, but everyone knows that main issues will be discussed in the Committee on Political Affairs and Security. Because of the new approach to conflict resolution in the region reflected in the project made by this committee. It was particularly stressed in all the documents of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly that the main obstacle is conflicts to the sustainable development and the provision of human rights. One of such conflicts was the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Despite active negotiation of Armenian diplomatic service and numerous statements and speeches by Armenian delegation, new approach was found in the draft resolution of the political committee by the active attempt of vice-president of OSCE PA Azay Guliyev.

What is this new approach:

  • For the first time ever, different from the traditional approach, the necessity of the implementation of the same approach on the conflict of Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldovia and Georgia reflected in the document. So far, various countries and organizations have called for a separate approach for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict from other conflicts. The Armenian delegation also made changes to the document and proposed removing the name of Azerbaijan from this list, but keeping the name of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. In spite of all these efforts, it has become an important event to reflect this kind of unilateral approach to the conflicts in the document. The amendment proposed by Armenia to remove Azerbaijan's name from the list was rejected by a large majority of votes, with a total of 41 votes against 6.

  • The call for the solution of conflicts in the territories of Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, on the principle of sovereignty, territorial integrity and internationally recognized borders. This prevents Armenia from abusing the principle of self-determination.

  • It is unambiguously stated in the document that it is inadmissible to change the format of the agreed negotiations. This means that Armenia's attempts to bring the Nagorno-Karabakh and separatist regime into a negotiating table since the past year have once again been disrupted.

  • The document justifies AZERBAIJAN as an area of conflict, confirming that Nagorno-Karabakh and the occupied territories are the territories of Azerbaijan.

  • Following four resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council in 1993, the OSCE PA's official statement on the importance of resolving the conflicts within the territorial integrity, sovereignty and international recognition of the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, and the political influence and power of the renewal of these provisions, should be noted.

  • This document once again clarified the principles of OSCE appropriate to the Helsinki Final Act on the resolution of the conflict based on the principle of territorial integrity and the right of peoples to self-determination, officially supported to the resolution of the conflict only on the basis of the territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of the borders recognized by the international community.

  • The adoption of the document has formed the political and legal basis for protecting our rights in the discussion and adoption of resolutions in the international dimension.

  • This resolution has a great political significance as it is a document prepared and adopted by the OSCE PA's Political Affairs and Security Committee.

  • This important document which adopted by the 42nd Part of VII Rule of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Rules of Procedure is submitted to the OSCE Ministerial Council and recommended for use in the same approach. The draft resolution adopted in this regard is a new diplomatic achievement for the solution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the interests of Azerbaijan.

  • The intensive debate of the Nagorno-Karabakh and occupied regions at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly's meetings also resulted in the fact that the delegations of the member countries received more truths in Azerbaijan.


Written by Tahir Mirkishili
MP of National Assembly of Azerbaijan
Deputy Chairman of the OSCE PA delegation

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