ArmInfo.The Armenian delegation was able to prevent the adoption of anti-Armenian language in the OSCE PA resolution. This was stated on July 10 at a press conference by the head of the Armenian delegation in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, MP from the "My Step" bloc Hayk Konjoryan.
He noted that the OSCE political commission discussed the draft proposed by the Irish MP, which, according to the MP, was attended by anti-Armenian provisions related to the Karabakh conflict. In particular, the wording of "Nagorny Karabakh and 7 regions of Azerbaijan" found its place in the project. "As soon as we learned about the existence of this project, we began to apply all possible levers, using parliamentary diplomacy and connecting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to eliminate these formulations from the resolution. In this issue, we have been successful, and anti-Armenian wordings has been removed from the resolution, " Konjoryan said.
However, according to the MP, the success of the Armenian delegation did not end there. <Further, the document introduced a provision that the Karabakh conflict should be resolved in the format of the OSCE Minsk Group on the basis of three principles - the non-use of force or the threat of the use of force, territorial integrity and the right of nations to self-determination. In this issue, for us the key factor is the component related to the right of peoples to self-determination, " Konjoryan said.
Konjoryan also noted that Azerbaijan is constantly trying to withdraw the negotiation process from the format of the OSCE Minsk Group and use all possible platforms to advance its position. "Moreover, Baku is constantly trying to present the Karabakh issue as a conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, which is completely untrue. We did not let them do it. I consider it a great success that we were able to confirm such a document at the level of the OSCE PA," the MP stressed.
Through the efforts of the Armenian delegation, the document also stated that the conflict should be resolved under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group. In addition, provisions were removed that equate all conflicts in the post-Soviet space. The document included provisions on the Armenian Genocide. In particular, the adoption of the resolution on the Armenian Genocide by the Italian Parliament and the initiative of France to declare April 24 as Day of Remembrance of the Genocide Victims, was welcomed. The document calls on other national parliaments of the OSCE countries to follow the example of France and Italy.
To note, 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.