Participation of Mr. Asaf Hajiyev at the OSCE PA Seminar on 15-18 April 2016 in Leinsweiler, Germany

Participation of Mr. Asaf Hajiyev at the OSCE PA Seminar on 15-18 April 2016 in Leinsweiler, Germany

PABSEC Secretary General Mr. Asaf Hajiyev participated as a special guest on the OSCE PA Seminar "Opportunities for the OSCE PA and its members to contribute extensively to OSCE measures for breaking the conflict cycle – focusing in particular on protracted conflicts" that was hosted by the OSCE PA in Leinsweiler, Germany on 15-18 April 2016.

The Seminar brought together parliamentarians from Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Russian Federation, Sweden and Switzerland.  President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Ilkka Kanerva (MP, Finland), and the Treasurer Doris Barnett (MP, Germany) take the floor at the opening of the Seminar.

The aim of the Seminar was to provide parliamentarians from countries involved in the protracted conflicts with new ideas for conflict resolution and to hear their proposals.

PABSEC Secretary General informed the participants about the Assembly activities and underlined that out of 12 member states 7 are involved in the conflicts in the BSEC region. Today, there is no universal model, applicable to all conflicts, and consequently, each conflict requires a special approach. There are three basic principles of conflict resolution (Helsinki agreement - territorial integrity, right of nations to self-determination and peaceful solution to the problem). If it is allowed to apply the principle of the right of nations to self-determination without any preconditions, then many new countries will appear confronting each other that will bring the world order to the collapse.  

The first principle also cannot be applied directly since one should not ignore the second principle. Therefore it is necessary to find a fundamental model for conflict resolution reflecting the interests of all parties. Mr. Hajiyev proposed to discuss the issue of granting autonomy (cultural, or with wider rights) within the territorial integrity, which allows to establish peace and security, and after several years to organise a referendum and take final decision.

PABSEC Secretary General also brought to the attention of the participants another problem related to conflicts: “terrorism”. Conflicts lead to terror and vice-versa. It is necessary to be unified to halt terrorism. Terror causes many problems including problems of refugees, deportation and war. Mr. Hajiyev called upon the participants to join efforts for establishing peace, security and economic prosperity. He underlined the particular capacity of the OSCE PA members to contribute to the solution of the abovementioned problems at parliamentary level.

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