The adoption of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) resolution and recommendations on the situation at the Lachin corridor has a very important long-term significance. Ruben Rubinyan, Head of the Armenia National Assembly (NA) delegation at PACE and NA vice-speaker, expressed this view at Monday’s press conference.
He reminded that the adoption of the aforementioned resolution was preceded by the debates on the report by PACE MP Paul Gavan, who had visited Armenia and was personally convinced that Azerbaijan had closed the Lachin corridor. Rubinyan recorded the unsuccessful attempts of the Azerbaijani delegation to introduce changes in the draft resolution.
To the question about the effectiveness of the resolution, taking into account that Azerbaijan does not implement the decision of the International Criminal Court, Rubinyan responded that the decisions of the courts and organizations should be considered as elements of the process that strengthen one another. According to him, there is no single decision that could solve all our issues.
"But we have to increase the pressure. The current resolution is the result of several years of work. It can be used in trials and so on. I find it hard to say what the short-term result will be, but in the long-term it will strengthen our toolkit. For example, the PACE is already asking whether Azerbaijan can remain a member of the Council of Europe," Rubinyan informed.