Doc. 9336

31 January. 2002

Threats of massive destruction in the South Caucasus

Written Declaration No. 329

This written declaration commits only the members who have signed it

      Recent statements by military officials of one of the Nato members, namely Turkey, on Armenia’s possession of the weapons of massive destruction and experience of conducting tests of such weapons in Armenia, do appear to haunt peace and security in the Caucasus.

      As the Russian Government itself confirmed, over one billion dollars worth of ammunition has been illegally passed over to the Armenian side and today, among that arsenal, distributed across the occupied territory beyond Mountainous Karabakh, there are the chemicals- and neutron-nuked S-300 missiles.

      The “Toxicology Archipelago” report, prepared by the American centre Henry  L. Stimson Centre for Strategic Studies in New-York and presented to the White House, in its “CIS States” part analysing Armenia’s capabilities of massive destruction weapons, clearly indicated that Armenia could become a potential base for bacteriological weapons in five years.

      The Armenian armed forces continue to test massive destruction weapons on the Azerbaijan war prisoners and hostages. The studies carried out by the Institute of Toxicology of the Academy of Sciences of Armenia and other centres have officially testified to reports on the conduct of such tests on the Azerbaijani war prisoners in the occupied Shusha hospital which applications resulted in their death.

      The other peril for the entire region is in its Medzamor Atomic Electric Station. This station, located in a very seismic sensitive area, continues its post-1988 earthquake activity and, thereby, ignores the threats on environment as well as the population of not only Armenia itself but also of both neighbouring Georgia and Azerbaijan.

      Along with turning the occupied Azerbaijani land into a narcotics plantation and the transit point in their illicit trafficking, Armenia also buries nuclear waste on that land, which obviously makes it a death zone forever.

      Taking these circumstances into consideration, the undersigned, members of the Parliamentary Assembly, believe that the time has come for the Assembly to consider the issue of the expansion of the threat of massive destruction in the South Caucasus and to take effective measures.

Signed (see overleaf)

Signed : 1

Huseynov R, Azerbaijan, EPP/CD

Akgönenç, Turkey, EDG

Aliyev I, Azerbaijan, EDG

Chikhradze, Georgia, EPP/CD

Diaz de Mera, Spain, EPP/CD

Gligoroski, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, EPP/CD

Gönül, Turkey, EPP/CD

Hornung, Germany, EPP/CD

Kalkan, Turkey, EDG

Kilclooney, United Kingdom, EPP/CD

Kurucsai, Hungary, EPP/CD

Lintner, Germany, EPP/CD

Loutfi, Bulgaria, LDR

Michels, Germany, EPP/CD

Mutman, Turkey, SOC

Nessa, Italy, EPP/CD

Paegle, Latvia, EPP/CD

Patarkalishvili, Georgia, EPP/CD

Rigoni, Italy, EPP/CD

Sağlam, Turkey, EPP/CD

Seyidov, Azerbaijan, EDG

Škrabalo, Croatia, LDR

Zierer, Germany, EPP/CD

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Total = 23


1        SOC: Socialist Group

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

      EDG: European Democratic Group

      LDR : Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group

      UEL: Group of the Unified European Left

      NR: not registered in a group