By Ruzanna Khachatrian
The European Parliament believes that the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be based on agreements reached by the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents earlier this year, officials in Yerevan said on Friday.
A senior Armenian lawmaker said members of the European Union’s legislative body voiced their support for the so-called Paris principles of the conflict’s settlement in a joint statement with their Armenian colleagues. According to Aghvan Vartanian, the statement was adopted by the EU-Armenia parliamentary committee on cooperation at a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. Vartanian attended it along with several other Armenian parliamentarians.
Armenian officials maintain that Presidents Robert Kocharian and Heydar Aliev agreed a framework peace deal on Karabakh during their talks in Paris in March and in the Florida resort of Key West in April. They have accused Aliev of backtracking on the agreements.
However, Azerbaijani leaders deny that any breakthrough was achieved at the talks. They also complain that the French, Russian and US mediators are reluctant to draft a peace proposal that would restore Baku’s control of Karabakh.