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Armenian Parliament to Host Pan-European Conference

Trend.Az

July 08, 2013

YEREVAN – A pan-European conference will be held at the Sessions’ Hall of the National Assembly (NA) of Armenia on July 3-4.

The event will be held in the margins of Armenia’s chairmanship at the Council of Europe (CoE) Committee of Ministers, and it is entitled “European Standards of the Rule of Law and Limits of the Authorities’ Discretion in CoE Member States

The conference will bring together around 80 representatives from 32 countries and international organizations.

 

 Moldova's Ombudsman Aurelia Grigoriu read her report at the Parliament of Armenia “The Protection of Human Rights and Security in “Frozen Conflicts” areas”. During her report, the Parliament Advocate of the Republic of Moldova Aurelia Grigoriu made a statement that “Armenia occupied 20% of the Azerbaijan’s territory and the Khojaly Genocide was implemented by Armenians”, moreover Ms. Grigoriu called Armenia “an aggressor country”.

 

Azerbaijan condemns pressures from Armenia on Moldovan Ombudsman

8 July 2013, 12:51 (GMT+05:00)

 

Azerbaijani Ombudsman Elmira Suleymanova condemned pressures and restrictions on freedom of Moldovan Ombudsman Aurelia Grigoriu in Armenia, because of her speech at the parliament of this country.

Exerting pressure for statement of historical fact, which is recognized by the international community and international organizations, against a person who is engaged in the protection of human rights and a representative of a foreign state, once again demonstrated to the world that this country is not a legal, democratic state, Suleymanova said in her statement.

Thus, Suleymanova said, Armenia shows that it ignores the resolutions of the UN and the Council of Europe, as well as the obligations to respect human rights, which the country took before these organizations.

She believes that violating and restricting the rights of Moldovan Obmudsman, the Armenian authorities have grossly violated the relevant norms of international law.

Azerbaijani Ombudsman urged international organizations, including all her colleagues, not to remain indifferent to this incident.

During a report at Armenian Parliament, Grigoriu stated that the Khojaly genocide was committed by Armenians, and this is an internationally recognized fact.

After a speech in Armenian parliament Grigoriu was not let out from Armenia. She was kept in isolation and her life was threatened, Grigoriu's close friend Todur Zanet, who kept contact with her, told Trend.

Grigoriu managed to leave Yerevan, thanks to the help of the diplomatic missions accredited in Yerevan, without apologizes, that were demanded by the Armenian side. Currently, she is in Chisinau.

Late into the night of February 25, 1992, the town of Khojaly, situated within the administrative borders of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, came under intensive fire from the towns of Khankendi and Askeran already occupied by Armenian armed forces. The Armenian forces, supported by the ex-Soviet 366th regiment, completed the surrounding of the town already isolated due to ethnic cleansing of the Azerbaijani population of the neighboring regions. The joint forces occupied the town, which was ruined by heavy artillery shelling.

Thousands of fleeing civilians were ambushed by the Armenian forces. Punitive teams of the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh defense army reached the unprotected civilians to slaughter them, mutilating some of the bodies. 613 civilians, including 106 women, 70 elderly and 83 children, were killed in the massacre. A total of 1,000 civilians were disabled. Eight families were exterminated, and 25 children lost both parents, while 130 children lost one parent. Moreover, 1,275 innocent people were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 remains unknown.

 

Azerbaijani diaspora in United States appealed to Congress to condemn actions of Armenian authorities in relation to Moldovan Ombudsman

 

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 8 / Trend.az E.Tariverdiyeva /

 

The US Azeris Network (USAN) appealed to the US Congress to condemn the actions of the Armenian authorities in respect of the Moldovan Ombudsman Aurelia Grigoriu.

 

Recently, during a report at Armenian Parliament Aurelia Grigoriu stated that the Khojaly genocide was committed by the Armenians, and this is an internationally recognized fact.

 

After her speech in Armenian parliament the Moldovan Ombudsman was not let out from Armenia. She was kept in isolation and her life was threatened, Grigoriu's close friend Todur Zanet, who kept contact with her, told Trend.

 

Also, previously a source familiar with the situation told Trend that the Armenian authorities insisted that Grigoriu should officially apologize for her speech at the parliament, and only after this they will let her out of the country.

 

Grigoriu managed to leave Yerevan, thanks to the help diplomatic missions accredited in Yerevan, without apologizes,that were demanded by the Armenian side. Currently, she is in Chisinau.

 

As the appeal of USAN to Congress says, in fact the Armenian authorities blackmailed the Ombudsman of a foreign country through intimidation, persecution, death threats, all of which are state terrorism.

 

The USAN members underscored the importance of reducing the total assistance to Armenia, as well as the need for the White House, the State Department and the U.S. Congress to urge Armenia to fulfill its responsibility, reconcile itself with its history and recognize the Khojaly genocide.

 

As the statement says Armenia has once again shown a total disregard of Western values.

 

"And this, in spite of the US aid amounting to more than $2 billion in 1992," the letter said.

 

The members of the organization also noted that it is necessary for Congress and the US administration to pay great attention to the facts of the Armenian aggression and occupation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.

 

On February 25-26, 1992, Armenian occupation forces together with the 366th infantry regiment of Soviet troops stationed in Khankendi committed an act of genocide towards the population of the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly. Some 613 people were killed including 63 children, 106 women and 70 old men. A total of 1,000 civilians were disabled during the genocide. Eight families were killed, 130 children lost one parent and 25 lost both. Additionally, 1,275 innocent residents were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 remains unknown. Following the withdrawal of the 366th infantry regiment from Khankendi, the military equipment belonging to the regiment, mostly went to Armenian separatists.

 

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 per cent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

 

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994.The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France and the US - are currently holding peace negotiations.

 

Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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