Touching on Nagorno Karabakh conflict and PACE’s possible role in resolution of the conflict, Jean-Claude Mignon said he kept the issue in the focus of attention.
“In the near future Armenia and Azerbaijan will chair the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers. I hope mutual accusations within the organization will end and constructive dialogue will held. I have always tried to take a step forward regarding the resolution of this problem, held meetings with the heads of the delegations relying on the parliamentary diplomacy. I think these contacts are positive. I know very well that Nagorno Karabakh is a complicated conflict. OSCE Minsk Group has done great work towards the resolution of the conflict. I regularly meet with Jacques Faure in Paris. I can say that the activities are being continued and there are improvements. I think that Minsk Group will put forward proposals soon and report about the work done,” he said.
Jean-Claude Mignon mentioned that in five months Armenia will chair the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.
“Following this, Austria and then Azerbaijan will take the office. I tell the delegations of both countries that unless these two countries take concrete steps towards the resolution of Nagorno Karabakh conflict, it will be very difficult for us during the chairmanship of these countries at the organization like Council of Europe, house of democracy, its assembly,” he said.
PACE President said he wished to visit both countries.
“I would like to visit these two countries, this is my wish. But it would be better to visit these countries with chairman of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, that is, to visit Armenia together with the Azerbaijani government representatives and Azerbaijan together with the Armenian government representatives. I have an impression that this problem will finally move off dead center,” he said.