STEPANAKERT (Armradio) — Ending a two-day state visit to Azerbaijan, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Pedro Agramunt said “Azerbaijan continues to face the consequences of the deadlock over the conflict concerning the Nagorno-Karabakh region.”

“It is essential that solutions are found to the occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and other regions of Azerbaijan. This conflict not only destabilizes both Armenia and Azerbaijan, affecting their economies and their societies, but it also adversely affects the capacity of these countries to progress in the fields of democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” he said.

Spokesperson for the NKR President David Babayan said in comments to Public Radio of Armenia that “the statement is a result of caviar policy and lobbying or lack of knowledge.”

“PACE and its representatives should have a strong immune value system, which should not yield to the amount of sum or products. If the immune system is week, the Parliamentary Assembly or other European structures may find themselves in a very hard situation,” David Babayan said.

“If the PACE President talks about expansion of relations with a state that glorifies axe-murders, it’s not good. We must not be too sensitive towards these issue, but at the same time we have to do our best to strengthen our security and not rely upon some corrupt officials. We must pursue our national interests,” David Babayan said.

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