CoE Secretary General: “local self-government elections” in NK

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Council of Europe Secretary General: “local self-government elections”
in Nagorno-Karabakh

Strasbourg, 04.08.2004 – Referring to the previous call by Council of
Europe leaders to refrain from staging one-sided “local
self-government elections” in Nagorno-Karabakh(1), Walter Schwimmer,
Secretary General of the 45-nation Council of Europe, regretted that
elections would again be held in the province on 8 August 2004.

“One-sided actions are counter-productive. The future status of
Nagorno-Karabakh must be decided through negotiations”, said Mr
Schwimmer, who confirmed that the Council of Europe fully supports the
efforts undertaken to this end by the “Minsk Conference” under the
auspices of the OSCE. “I further welcome the recently revived contacts
at the highest political level by Armenia and Azerbaijan to find a
peaceful solution to the conflict, as well as the efforts by the
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to foster
parliamentary co-operation in the region”, added Mr Schwimmer.

(1) Council of Europe urges Nagorno-Karabakh to refrain from “elections”
(press release of 24 August 2001).

Le SecrĂ©taire GĂ©nĂ©ral du Conseil de l’Europe Ă  propos des ” Ă©lections
locales ” au Haut-Karabakh

Strasbourg, 04.08.2004 – Se rĂ©fĂ©rant au prĂ©cĂ©dent appel lancĂ© par les
dirigeants du Conseil de l’Europe de s’abstenir d’organiser unilatĂ©ralement
des ” Ă©lections locales ” au Haut-Karabakh(1), Walter Schwimmer, SecrĂ©taire
GĂ©nĂ©ral du Conseil de l’Europe (les 45) a regrettĂ© que des Ă©lections soient
à nouveau prévues dans cette province le 8 août 2004.

” Les actions unilatĂ©rales sont contre-productives. Le futur statut du
Haut-Karabakh doit se dĂ©cider par la nĂ©gociation “, a dĂ©clarĂ© M. Schwimmer
qui a confirmĂ© que le Conseil de l’Europe soutenait pleinement les efforts
dĂ©ployĂ©s Ă  cette fin par la ” ConfĂ©rence de Minsk ” sous les auspices de
l’OSCE. ” Je me fĂ©licite par ailleurs de la reprise des contacts au plus
haut niveau politique par l’ArmĂ©nie et l’AzerbaĂŻdjan afin de trouver une
solution pacifique au conflit, ainsi que des efforts fournis par l’AssemblĂ©e
Parlementaire du Conseil de l’Europe pour encourager la coopĂ©ration
parlementaire dans cette rĂ©gion “, a ajoutĂ© M. Schwimmer.

(1) Le Conseil de l’Europe appelle le Haut-Karabakh Ă  ne pas organiser
d’ ” Ă©lections ” (CommuniquĂ© de presse du 24 aoĂ»t 2001).

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