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Azerbaijan Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "Lenmarker's report has been balanced enough"

09 July 2005 [08:16] - TODAY.AZ
"Foreign ministry of Azerbaijan has familiarized with the report drawn up by rapporteur on Nagorno Karabakh Goran Lenmarker in the 14th session of OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Washington".

APA was informed by MFA Press and Information Office Tahir Tagizade that, the Ministry considers Goran Lenmarker's report to have been balanced: "There are some serious opinions concerning the situation on the conflict as well as weighty positions and suggestions on the resolution of the conflict in the report. Azerbaijani side shares the opinion stated in the report regarding denouncing disintegration and separatism, importance of defending the rights of national minorities in the frame of the territorial integrity of the state, basing economical integration on the international norms and principles. European values. The rapporteurs' opinion that the separation of the South Caucasus countries is unacceptable is of special importance".

The official of MFA stated that the author of the report Goran Lenmarker analyzing the matter of status gave preference to giving autonomy to the population of Nagorno Karabakh region obviously. "Azerbaijan shares this position. The report particularly stresses that, the occupation of territories is unacceptable, and it is necessary to liberate the occupied territories and sending the internally displaced persons to their homes. The rapporteur pays special attention to security matter and the restoration of communication lines. The future will depend on the restoration of successful peaceful relations, appearance of convenient atmosphere for the status of the population of Nagorno Karabakh, cooperation between Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of the region".

According to Tahir Tagizade, the establishment of peace between the communities in Nagorno Karabakh, bilateral relationships, integration to Europe, development of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Armenia will play an important role in the future life of the both states and nations after the conflict. "Azerbaijan calls on to accelerate the process of resolution of the conflict in the frame of territorial integrity of states, on the international juridical norms and principles, by peaceful way. The constructive suggestions put forward by Azerbaijan and which are supported by prestigious international organizations during the negations are unambiguous proof to this".

Goran Lenmarker told the press that, he presented Azerbaijan as the victim of occupation in his report. Lenmarker told that, "Armenia should comprehend this fact and liberate all the occupied territories and put an end to the occupation". MFA official stressed that there are three important nuances in Goran Lenmarker's report.

Lenmarker stated that, international preventive forces should be formed and these forces should hold monitoring and guarantee security in Nagorno Karabakh and in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan.

Besides, Lenmarker acknowledged that, "the international community is not ready for giving independence to different regions in the territory and he stated the name of Nagorno Karabakh among them".

T.Tagizade noted that fact concerning Azerbaijan's readiness to give Nagorno Karabakh the status of autonomy inside its borders in high level and on the basis of European experience was particularly stressed in report.

Goran Lenmarker said that Azerbaijan should act in such way for Karabakh to feel the positive attitude towards itself. Azerbaijan should assure the population of Nagorno Karabakh that their rights will be defended by reliable and independent law system inside Azerbaijan.

According to the rapporteur, the high level of autonomy requires a great deal of finance and this will be hard for the state budget of Azerbaijan.

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