SOFIA, Bulgaria (Yerkir)—Slamming a report presented at the European Parliament on Thursday, Armenian Revolutionary Federation parliamentary faction chairman Vahan Hovannesian on Friday warned that efforts by the European Union to establish partnerships are in danger, given the damaging precedent set by the above report.
On Thursday, during a session of the Euro East Parliamentary Assembly, Romanian Member of European Parliament Yevgeny Kirilov presented a report entitled “Report On The Need For An Eu Strategy For The South Caucasus, in which it urged the immediate withdrawal from the liberated territories surrounding the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, a move that clearly could impede efforts by the Minsk Group and does not fall within the purview of the European Parliament.
Hovannesian contended that the presentation of the report endangers efforts to develop and strengthen partnership as is envisioned by the European Partnership for Peace and the Eastern Partnership programs.
“The report is in sharp contrast with the so-called Madrid principles, the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Cochairmen and the year of accumulated inroads in the process,” said Hovannesian. “Mr. Kirilov’s report interferes with the efforts of the Minsk Group Co-Chairs, because being it is based on the interests of only one side of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, namely Azerbaijan, and it poses danger of destabilizing the entire region.”
“One of our colleagues mentioned here that the policy for European integration was mainly about economics and assistance. One can conclude this, because it is extremely evident that Mr. Kirilov’s biased report is heavily influenced or ‘supported’ by circles that are absolutely not interested in maintaining peace, balance and stability in our region,” said Hovannesian.
The Armenian parliament leader asserted that unbalance approaches, such as the one presented by Kirilov, damage any hope and aspiration for true partnership with neighbors.
Meanwhile in Armenia, chairman of the parliamentary commission on foreign affairs and national security and ARF Supreme Council of Armenia chairman Armen Rustamian echoed Hovannesian’s concerns and warned that it was the incongruous foreign policy agenda of the Armenian government that leaves openings for individuals like Kirilov to address matters in a divisive manner.
Rustamian stressed that had the Armenian authorities clearly articulated and comprehensively presented the matter of occupied Armenian territories—Shahumian and Getashen—others would not have the ability to derail the process in Azerbaijan’s advantage.