Politician, specialist in European history. He has almost 30 years of experience in parliamentary work.
Terry Davis: “To date, Nagorno-Karabakh is considered an occupied territory and part of Azerbaijan. I am a supporter of the territorial integrity of the Caspian countries, including both Azerbaijan and Armenia. However, Nagorno-Karabakh is not an integral part of Armenia. There are Armenians in Georgia, but this is not a reason for the recognition of this part of Georgia as the territory of Armenia. ”
Terry Davis: “I have great respect for your president, Mr. Ilham Aliyev is doing a great job of modernizing your country. I respect the Azerbaijani opposition very much, even though they criticize the president. On the other hand, Azerbaijan is one of the countries most successful cooperating with the Council of Europe.The Government of Azerbaijan successfully cooperates with us in all areas at the highest level.”
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TERRY DAVIS: NAGORNO-KARABAKH IS THE LEGAL COMPOSITE PART OF THE TERRITORY OF AZERBAIJAN
AZERTAG referring to the website “Georgia Online” reports that Secretary General of the Council of Europe Terry Davis in an interview with the Armenian TV channel A1 + stated that he considers Nagorno-Karabakh to be a legitimate part of the Azerbaijani territory.
In an interview with an Armenian journalist, he said: “To date, Nagorno-Karabakh is considered an occupied territory and part of Azerbaijan. I am a supporter of the territorial integrity of the Caspian countries, including both Azerbaijan and Armenia. However, Nagorno-Karabakh is not an integral part of Armenia. There are Armenians in Georgia, but this is not a reason for the recognition of this part of Georgia as the territory of Armenia.”
The Secretary-General stressed that the presidential elections held in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh will not be recognized by the world community. He said: I would like to see an early solution to this problem. I see that many people in Azerbaijan and Armenia are eager to solve the problem. And I agree with them. The resolution of the conflict has gone on for too long. I hope that this issue will soon find its solution.
Terry Davis in Armenia: “First take the plank out of your own eye“
To the question of the Armenian journalist: “How do you assess the opinion that today the Republic of Armenia is one of the most democratic CIS countries?” Terry Davis replied: “I do not make a list of leaders in the field of democracy and I do not consider it possible to determine which country compared with other is more democratic. I would advise instead of trying to find out which country is better – yours or neighbors, to focus on your own difficulties. I will express myself more clearly. The Bible says: “First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from someone else’s eye.”
To the next question: “For how long the Council of Europe will tolerate the propaganda of war and hatred carried out by the Azerbaijani media, Davis said: “You do not expect me to come to Yerevan and criticize people of another country, do you? Similarly, I do not go to Baku and do not criticize the people of Armenia. Nevertheless, I would advise you to think about why your opponents say so.”
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe also successfully parried the following provocative question: “How do you think Azerbaijan will ever come to terms with the loss of Karabakh, just as the UK with the loss of its colonies?” In response, Terry Davis, a British citizen, said: “I think there is a big difference. Karabakh is not a colony, but part of Azerbaijan.” Continuing the parallels, the CoE Secretary General noted that in his country such problems are solved peacefully. And added: “But there was one exception – Northern Ireland, which was not allowed to secede from the United Kingdom.”
It should be noted that the statements of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe caused a stir in Armenian political circles and the press, who did not expect that a high-ranking official from Europe would so rigidly put Armenians before the reality that there is no alternative to the return of the occupied Azerbaijani lands.