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Written declaration No. 445 | Doc. 12286 | 09 June 2010

The necessity to intensify the activities of the Ad hoc Committee on the conflict over the Naghorno-Karabakh region

Signatories: Mr Rafael HUSEYNOV, Azerbaijan, ALDE ; Mr Ruhi AÇIKGÖZ, Turkey, EDG ; Ms Marieluise BECK, Germany, ALDE ; Ms Anne BRASSEUR, Luxembourg, ALDE ; Mr Tor BREMER, Norway, SOC ; Mr Agustín CONDE, Spain, EPP/CD ; Mr Bill ETHERINGTON, United Kingdom ; Mr Nigel EVANS, United Kingdom ; Mr Renato FARINA, Italy, EPP/CD ; Mr Jean-Charles GARDETTO, Monaco, EPP/CD ; Mr Holger HAIBACH, Germany, EPP/CD ; Mr Jean HUSS, Luxembourg, SOC ; Mr Stanislav IVANOV, Bulgaria, EPP/CD ; Mr Haluk KOÇ, Turkey, SOC ; Mr Bernard MARQUET, Monaco, ALDE ; Sir Alan MEALE, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Aleksandar NENKOV, Bulgaria, EPP/CD ; Mr Pasquale NESSA, Italy, EPP/CD ; Ms Anna NTALARA, Greece ; Mr Kent OLSSON, Sweden ; Mr Joseph O'REILLY, Ireland, EPP/CD ; Mr Tudor PANŢIRU, Romania, SOC ; Mr Lluís Maria de PUIG i OLIVE, Spain, SOC ; Mr Gonzalo ROBLES, Spain, EPP/CD ; Mr Giacinto RUSSO, Italy, ALDE ; Mr Kimmo SASI, Finland, EPP/CD ; Ms Marina SCHUSTER, Germany, ALDE ; Mr Christoph STRÄSSER, Germany, SOC ; Mr Oreste TOFANI, Italy, EPP/CD ; Mr Tuğrul TÜRKEŞ, Turkey, EDG ; Mr Mustafa ÜNAL, Turkey, EPP/CD ; Mr Øyvind VAKSDAL, Norway, EDG ; Mr Egidijus VAREIKIS, Lithuania, EPP/CD ; Mr Luigi VITALI, Italy, EPP/CD

This written declaration commits only those who have signed it.

Issues which generate remarks about the Council of Europe are the non-implementation of adopted resolutions and the weakness of supervision of their implementation.

The efforts by the Parliamentary Assembly’s new leadership to revive the work of the ad hoc committees created to deal with the implementation of resolutions are commendable.

The Ad hoc Committee on the implementation of Resolution 1416 (2005) on the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region dealt with by the OSCE Minsk Conference, worked constructively under the chairmanship of Lord Russell-Johnston.

The OSCE Minsk Group established for a peaceful solution of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can by no means be considered as a substitute for the above-mentioned Ad hoc Committee. Notwithstanding the fact that the targets of the aforementioned entities are similar, their functions are different and both entities try to provide their personal contributions to the solution of the conflict.

We highly appreciate the efforts by the Assembly President to relaunch the Ad hoc Committee which had to suspend its activities temporarily due to the vacant seat of Chairperson and we consider that any steps taken to oppose these efforts are inadmissible and contradict the peace process.