Not Only In Armenia But Also Outside The Country
As we know in its resolution PACE in fact replicated the formulations passed in the UN by the efforts of Turkey and Azerbaijan about “swiftly liberating the occupied territories from Armenian forces”. In response to our questions Political Scientist Levon Melik-Shahnazaryan comments on Strasburg “process”.
“Unfortunately, as the Speaker of NKR Parliament recorded recently, Europe and the European Structures, mildly speaking, have little picture of the problems faced by Artsakh and between Artsakh and Azerbaijan. I have to state that our delegation as well fails to properly represent the essence of Karabakh conflict and to shift the settlement process into the legal domain.
Thus, little by little Artsakh issue turns into a territorial dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Armenian and Azerbaijani people. Moreover, our diplomacy, our delegates lack good knowledge of what is happening in Azerbaijan in reality. The conversation is mainly about the members of PACE delegation.
“What do you mean?”
“I will bring one example. The resolution regarding Azerbaijan runs that at the moment three journalists are under detention. Whereas, yesterday, the same day when the issue of Azerbaijan was being discussed in Strasburg the editor in chief of “Tolishi sado” (Voice of Talish) Novruzaly Mamedov was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, and Responsible Secretary Elman Guliev – to 6 years’ imprisonment. Both are charged as national traitors.
Which means not only is the freedom of speech suppressed in Azerbaijan, but also the rights of the native minorities, in this case Talish people.
Moreover recently 56 detainees have been released by amnesty from which 5 were journalists. Two cases are at the moment in court, one has been summoned to the police and severely beaten, at the moment he is in hospital.
But the members of our delegation never speak about these facts. Azerbaijani opposition also keeps silent because they are tools in the hands of the ruling power. Instead of touching upon those issues our people put forward other statements that has nothing to do with the main topic and start disputes. That is why I have to say that we are not ready for ideological and propaganda campaign with Azerbaijan, not only in Armenia but also outside the country.