We won’t attend the Euronest PA session in Yerevan

Bureau meeting of the Euronest PA will take place in Strasbourg on February 11, 2015. The meeting will discuss the draft agenda of the 4th plenary session, among other issues. The 4th plenary session of the Euronest PA will be held in Yerevan between 16th and 18th March of 2015, and this decision was adopted by Bureau in 2014.

Bureau meeting of the Euronest PA will take place in Strasbourg on
February 11, 2015. The meeting will discuss the draft agenda of the 4th
plenary session, among other issues. The 4th plenary session of the
Euronest PA will be held in Yerevan between 16th and 18th
March of 2015, and this decision was adopted by Bureau in 2014.
 It should be noted that the Azerbaijani delegation repeatedly and
resolutely expressed its objection against holding the Euronest PA sessions,
Bureau and Committees? meetings in Armenia, as well as against co-chairmanship of
Armenia to the Euronest PA, during Bureau meetings between 2011 and 2014. The
Azerbaijani delegation highlighted in its statements that it is inadmissible to
hold the Euronest PA sessions, Bureau and Committees? meetings in Armenia and
to allow Armenia to co-chair the Euronest PA until Nagorno Karabakh and 7
surrounding provinces are liberated, threat for frontier provinces of
Azerbaijan with 400 thousand population is fully eliminated as a result of the
occupation of Sarsang reservoir for over 23 years, blockade of Nakhchivan is
ended. 
Furthermore, the Azerbaijani delegation unambiguously stated that it
won?t attend plenary sessions and meetings of the institution to be held in
Armenia. Therefore, the decision on holding the plenary session of the Euronest
PA in Yerevan was adopted despite resolute objections of Azerbaijani
delegation.
The point of attention is that the 4th session of the
Euronest PA in Yerevan will coincide with 100th anniversary of
so-called Armenian genocide. Undoubtedly, the Armenian side will use this
international event as a means of propagation of so-called Armenian genocide.  
I?d like particularly underline that despite the fact that Armenia
signed a Customs Union agreement and joined the the Eurasian Economic Union,
the Euronest PA neither expressed its attitude towards this fact nor discussed
this situation. On the contrary, the fact that the plenary session of the
Euronest PA will be held in this country in such situation proves the approval
of Armenia?s political decisions to join the above-mentioned institutions. And
this means that Armenia will achieve the adoption of any decision in favor of
its own interests during Yerevan session of the Euronest PA. On the other hand,
Yerevan session provides the Armenian side with additional opportunities for
propaganda of 100th anniversary of so-called Armenian genocide.  
We witnessed double standards policy regarding Azerbaijan for several
times within the Euronest PA, as it was the case in other international
organizations. Despite our multiple efforts, it was impossible so far to
discuss the fact of the occupation of 20% of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia
for over 23 years in Committees? meetings and plenary sessions of Euronest PA. We
always faced a statement that Euronest PA is not an institution able to solve
the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh and other occupied territories. 
It?s clear that on the background of the annexation of Crimea to
Russia and armed confrontations in the south-east of Ukraine, a number of
leading world states and international organizations, as well as the European
Union, demonstrate high-level support to Ukraine. Nevertheless, despite the
fact that we claimed the adoption of documents regarding sanctions against aggressor
Armenia by demanding the same level of support to Azerbaijan, territories of
which have been occupied for long, our efforts were definitely blocked by
different means.  
Thus, as other international organizations, the Euronest PA, a
parliamentary institution of the European Union within the framework of Eastern
Partnership program, keeps Armenia under its umbrella and attempts to insure Armenia
from any sanctions and responsibility for its aggressive criminal actions
against Azerbaijan.  
At the same time, Euronest PA confirms itself to be a propogation
facility in promoting these stupid claims among the world community by holding
its 4th session in Yerevan on the eve of 100th
anniversary of so-called Armenian genocide.
Interestingly, this institution, which actually supports so-called
Armenian genocide, doesn?t take into account that Armenians, who are going to
celebrate 100th anniversary of so-called claims, have been
committing genocide crimes against the Azerbaijani people since 1905 and that genocide
crimes of Armenians against Azerbaijani people continues for already 110
years.   
Finally, I?d like to stress once again that Azerbaijani delegation
insists on its position, and we won?t attend the plenary session to be held in
Yerevan.
   
 
Elkhan Suleymanov,

Chairman of Azerbaijani Delegation to the Euronest PA

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