Doc. 11334

27 June 2007

The serious threats arising from Armenia’s invasive plans towards the Autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan of Azerbaijan and the responsibility of the Council of Europe

Written question No 528 the Committee of Ministers

presented by Mr R. Huseynov

In spite of the fact that upon joining the Council of Europe, one of the major obligations undertaken by Armenia was to put an end to the aggression against Azerbaijan and withdraw from the occupied territories, within the last 7 years, no significant progress has been made towards a solution to this problem. On the contrary, having benfited from the absence of any international control over the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region and the adjacent 7 districts of Azerbaijan, Armenia perpetrated new terrorist acts, used these territories for cultivation and transit of drugs as well as for the establishment of terrorist camps and illegal arms trade, perpetrated diversions for the purpose of escalation of the armed conflict by repeatedly violating the cease-fire regime.

      Regardless of the fact that an occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, conduction of ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijanis, establishment of separatist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh was reverberated in the Council of Europe Resolution 1416 (2005) as an official position of the Council of Europe, Armenia is fully ignoring this resolution. The syndrome of not punishing encourages Armenia to the new crimes and as an only occupant state of the Council of Europe, it is realising new aggressive plans with regard to Azerbaijan. Armenia has been leading continuous activity in this direction already for several years.

      The seizure of Autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan, which belongs to Azerbaijan, is one of the main military goals of Armenia and for this purpose the association called “Nakhichevan community” was officially registered in the Ministry of Justice of Armenia on 26 March 2000 and “Nakhichevan military corpus” was formed with direct support by the General Staff of the Ministry of Defence of Armenia in April 2006. In order to spread propagandist materials regarding the invasive plans planned by Armenia towards the Autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan of Azerbaijan, the newspaper called “Nachichevan” was launched for publishing in April 2001. In the meanwhile, Armenia dislocated its military units in the eastern part of the district of Sadarak of Nakhichevan. Furthermore, military units and camps were established in such Armenian territories as Dastakerd, Yeghedvadzor, Gajaran and Aghakar which border with Nakhichevan.

      The Ministry of Defence of Armenia has provided its “Nakhichevan military corpus” with heavy military techniques, various weapons and other necessary ammunitions. There is information about Armenia’s objectives regarding the establishment of several militarised settlements in the regions bordering with Nakhichevan within the forthcoming three years. With the excuse of the settlement of civil population in those regions, Armenia is planning to dislocate their military contingents. Armenia’s new intentions on initiating another war with Azerbaijan are promising serious threats in South Caucasus. It is regrettable that Armenia, by diverse means, is using the Council of Europe in order to realise its intentions of occupying the Autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan of Azerbaijan and pave the way for it. Over 1,000 cemeteries in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region and the 7 districts of Azerbaijan, as well as in the territory of Armenia, where Azerbaijanis have been compactly residing for centuries and from where they were expelled to the last person due to the deportation carried out throughout the 20th century, were completely burned or destroyed to the ground by Armenian vandals while the cemeteries that belonged to Armenians who used to live in Azerbaijan still remain safe and sound even today. Nonetheless, occupant Armenia from time to time raises a fake issue in the Council of Europe on destroying historical Armenian graves in the village of Juga of the district of Julfa of the Autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan, presents booklets made of distorted or fabricated documents. Had the genuine aim been the protection of the tombstones, Armenia would have spoken of the graves remaining in Azerbaijani territories. Actually, no cemetery in the village of Juga of the district of Julga was destroyed; however, having stolen several khatchkars from there in the Soviet period, Armenians took them to Yerevan and at the moment those khatchkars are kept in Echmiadzin and their photos were printed in the books. The propagandist campaign led by Armenia with regard to the village of Juga is indeed the component of Armenia’s invasive plan towards the Autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan. All this campaign is aimed at achieving the gradual penetration of the following Armenian myth regarding the belonging of the village of Juga as well as the whole district of Julfa and finally the whole Autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan to Armenia, into the memories and at creating the ground for the envisaged Armenian military aggression on this region.

      Taking all of these into consideration, Mr Rafael Huseynov asks the Committee of Ministers:

-       What concrete steps within the competence of the Committee of Ministers are available in order to investigate and prevent Armenia’s current activity regarding the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan of Azerbaijan?

-       How can the influence mechanism of the Council of Europe be currently applied in order to prevent Armenia’s efforts directed to the initiation of the new war which will lead to the strict violation of stability in South Caucasus?

-       Is it rather legally reasonable to finally expel Armenia from the membership of the Council of Europe which does not honour the requirements of the Council of Europe Resolution 1416 and systematically violates the Council of Europe Regulations and international legal norms?

Signed 1:

HUSEYNOV Rafael, Azerbaijan, ALDE

1        SOC: Socialist Group

      EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party

      ALDE: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group