ArmInfo. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE PA) at a meeting in Luxembourg yesterday adopted a final declaration, which includes appeals to the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to intensify the dialogue on the Karabakh settlement under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group.
The document also welcomes the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Chamber of Deputies of Italy, as well as France's announcement of April 24 as the day of commemoration of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. The declaration also calls on the parliaments of other countries in the organization to follow the example of Italy and France.
''Acknowledging the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship aimed at achieving a peaceful and lasting settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and welcoming the recent constructive dialogue between the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan aimed at establishing an environment conducive to peace and undertaking measures in the humanitarian field, we encourage the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan to intensify their dialogue in the context of the mediation led by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairmanship and to take specific and tangible measures to reach a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of the core principles of the Helsinki Final Act, including in particular refraining from the use or threat of force, and respect for territorial integrity and the equal rights and self-determination of peoples'', the Declaration reads.
Recognizing that participating States have a primary responsibility to protect their populations from genocide and atrocities, the obligation under international conventional and customary law to ensure that those responsible for acts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes are held to account, and that victims have the right to an effective remedy, the Organization welcomes the recent recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Italian Chamber of Deputies, as well as the designation by France of 24 April as the day for the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, as measures which promote awareness and contribute to the eradication of such atrocities, and calls on other national parliaments to follow suit''.
The Declaration also calls on OSCE national parliaments to adopt 9 December as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime, as well as to ensure that their educational systems and security forces training are geared towards the prevention of such atrocities in the future.
To note, initially in the draft resolution such contradictory wording as "Karabakh and 7 regions of Azerbaijan" was used, an equal sign between all conflicts in the post-Soviet space was put. These formulations were removed from the text by the efforts of the Armenian delegation in the organization. The Armenian delegation also succeeded in introducing into the text of the document provisions on the Armenian Genocide, and to record the principles of the right of people to self-determination, along with the principle of the territorial integrity of states.