On 2 April, several Members of the European Parliament arrived in Baku to attend the second ordinary session of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly. A crucial decision was made at the very beginning of the gathering: the Nagorno-Karabakh issue would not be included in the agenda of the Session.
A day before the actual session of Euronest PA, representatives from Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed on not raising the Nagorno-Karabakh problem during the meeting. “We have reached a gentleman’s agreement with the Azerbaijani side not to include on the agenda issues that may hinder the work of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly”, said Vahan Hovhannisyan from the Armenian delegation. “The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a project that aims to bring the EaP countries closer to EU standards. Euronest is not a place to discuss and resolve conflicts“, cited a1plus.am, an Armenian news portal.
The Armenian-Azerbaijani argument has already caused a failure of an Euronest session – the first one that took place last September in Strasbourg. Perhaps this agreement will prove that, contrary to popular opinion, political cultures of the Caucasus include such a tool as conciliatory approach.
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Sadly, the Tuesday events cast doubt upon the effectiveness of this agreement. More to come.
Translated by KD