Swiss Ambassador to Armenia Lukas Gasser: Switzerland will try to contribute to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict without questioning the established formats such as the OSCE Minsk process
by Marianna Mkrtchyan
The draft resolution of the European Parliament on Nagornyy Karabakh will seriously affect the Karabakh conflict settlement process, Deputy director of the Caucasus Institute, Sergey Minasyan, said at today's press-conference.
"Armenia's Foreign Ministry was right when saying that the given challenge contradicts to the principles mentioned by the OSCE Minsk Group. It is obvious that the resolution was drawn out by a group of the pro-Azerbaijani deputies of the European Parliament", - the expert said.
He also added that in this case the actions of European structures is rather predictable. Minasyan said that Armenia should understand that there are several levels of power in the European structures, the approaches of which regarding this or that issue differ.
Minasyan said that the second part of the resolution regarding Armenia-EU relations was positively assessed and one should pay attention just to this part.
To recall, a draft resolution on the European Neighbourhood Policy was adopted in the plenary session of the European Parliament on Wednesday. On paragraph 16 of the resolution, the European Parliament mentioned that the occupation of one state's territories that is a participant of the "Eastern Partnership" program, by another state which also participates in this program, is a violation of the fundamental principles and objectives of the "Eastern Partnership".It was emphasized that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be resolved on the basis of the UN Security Council Resolutions adopted in 1993 and the basic principles of the OSCE Minsk Group reflected in the L'Aquila Joint Statement of July 10, 2009. In the resolution adopted by the European Parliament it is emphasized that the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict should be resolved in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions demanding an immediate, unconditional and complete withdrawal of the occupying forces from the occupied Azerbaijani territories and ensuring of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, sovereignty and inviolability of its borders.