Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan
Aug 10 2007
Contradictions in Approval of Mandate of Representatives of Armenia
in South Caucasus Parliamentary Initiative Group
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. I.Alizadeh / Siyavush Novruzov, the
head of the Azerbaijani delegation to the South Caucasus
Parliamentary Initiative Group and a member of the permanent
commission of the Parliament on Security and Defence, stated on 10
August that the meeting had not been held due to the mandate of the
Armenian representatives in the group not yet being defined.
According to Novruzov, the mandate of the members of the Armenian
delegation in the South Caucasus Parliamentary Initiative Group
should be approved again. However, Armenia did not approve the
mandate of the representatives of the country.
Novruzov stressed that the main aim of the South Caucasus
Parliamentary Initiative Group is to render assistance to integrating
countries situated in Europe and the Atlantic region. Armenia is
afraid to integrate into such groups, as Yerevan does not wish to
carry out the demands of these groups. Due to this reason a
contradiction occurred in the Parliament of Armenia. Despite all of
this, the functioning of the group will be continued.
The South Caucasus Parliamentary Initiative Group will hold a meeting
in the near future. The terms of the meeting will be defined after
Armenia has made a statement regarding its participation in the
The South Caucasus Parliamentary Initiative Group was founded by the
initiative of the non-governmental organization of British LINKS. The
Group unites Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia and ten MPs from each
country. Presently, the Chairman of the Group is Azerbaijani.