ArmInfo. We consider one of the main achievements during the recent PACE session that we organized an event with the participation of Artsakh Ombudsman Artak Beglaryan. The head of the parliamentary commission on foreign relations, the head of the Armenian delegation to PACE, Ruben Rubinyan, said this at a press conference on October 8.
He noted that the event held by the Armenian delegation was dedicated to the rights of people living in the so-called "gray zones". (Refers to unrecognized states - Ed.)
"Artak Beglaryan made a speech during the event, in which he presented the situation in Artsakh, as well as how democracy, human rights and other democratic values are developing in the NKR. It was very pleasant that the event aroused general interest, PACE deputies from Russia were present , France, Germany, etc., "Rubinyan emphasized, noting that the Artsakh Ombudsman had personal meetings with some of them. At the same time, the deputy noted that in this PACE session the Armenian delegation could not avoid clashes with representatives of the Azerbaijani delegation. "During the recent session, the members of the Azerbaijani delegation were more aggressive and belligerent than usual. Apparently, this was due to Aliyev's speech at the plenary session of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi. They made an almost identical text," the deputy stressed .
Rubinyan noted that no one is seriously taking the members of the Azerbaijani delegation there. Since the latter always, regardless of the topic discussed, seek to raise the Karabakh issue. "Be that as it may, we always answer the members of the Azerbaijani delegation, since not all PACE deputies are well acquainted with the Karabakh issue, and if we are silent, it may seem that there is some truth in their words. However, our answers, unlike their statements, they are always reasoned and justified, "the head of the Armenian delegation to PACE emphasized.
In conclusion, Rubinyan noted that we should strive to ensure that PACE ceases to be a platform for discussing political conflicts, and serves as a platform for the protection of human rights. It should be noted that on September 30, as part of the autumn session in PACE, at the initiative of the Armenian delegation, an event entitled "Are human rights universal?" In addition to the Artsakh Ombudsman, the event was also attended by the former head of the French delegation to PACE, Rene Roux, and a panel discussion was held. The event was attended by PACE delegates and diplomats from different countries, international experts and human rights activists, as well as Council of Europe officials. The discussion concerned the issue of protecting human rights in unrecognized states and the role of the Council of Europe in this process.