Nalbandian: Racism and racial discrimination, xenophobia and intolerance grossly violate human dignity and give rise to tensions within and between societies. That is why the fight against them became one of the main priorities of our chairmanship.
PACE must adhere to the principle of peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict, said Samad Seyidov, the head of the Azerbaijani Delegation at the plenary session of PACE, APA's correspondent at the PACE reports.
"When Azerbaijan and Armenia became members of the Council of Europe, one of the conditions was to find peaceful solution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. Although we have been proposing discussions for a number of times since 2001, the problem has not been discussed," he said,
Samad Seyidov called the Council of Europe "Democracy and Human rights house" and stressed importance of discussing Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno Karabakh problem together.
Samad Seyidov noted the importance of holding discussions on Nagorno Karabakh conflict. "Your silence stimulates new violations and problems. I demand PACE to hold discussions on Nagorno Karabakh conflict", said Samad Seyidov.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict broke out on February 28 1988 in the Azerbaijani Sumgait with massacre of Armenians as a peculiar response of Azerbaijanis to the peaceful demand of the Nagorno-Karabakh autonomous Region, part of the Azerbaijani SSR, to unite with the Armenian SSR. This resulted in other pogroms of Armenians in Baku, Kirovabad and other regions of Azerbaijan populated with Armenians. In 1991 Azerbaijan unleashed war against peaceful populations of Nagorno-Karabakh, expulsing ethnic Armenians from the territory of Azerbaijan. Dozens of thousands of peaceful residents on both parties were killed in the military actions, and hundreds of thousands were left homeless and have become refugees. In 1994 in Bishkek in
mediation of the OSCE MG, the NKR, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a Protocol on Ceasefire that is observed more or less so far. Since 1992 the OSCE Minsk Group represented by co- chairs from Russia, U.S. and France has been mediating in resolution of the conflict unleashed by Azerbaijan in 1988. At present the peace process is based on the Madrid Principles suggested by the OSCE MG in 2007 in Madrid and renovated in 2009.