The Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Parliamentary Assembly adopted in its plenary session in Kiev amendments to its Declaration on Regional Conflicts in an unprecedented move not previously agreed with the Armenian delegates
Before the start of the Assembly’s 50th jubilee session in Ukraine’s capital, the heads of all the participant countries’ delegations conducted a private meeting with the BSEC secretary general and the head of Ukraine’s national delegation to discuss the passage of the measure. But Armenia was not invited to join the debate, the National Assembly’s press service reports, considering the attitude insulting for not only Armenia but also all the participant countries’ delegations.
According to an official statement condemning the incident, the amendment, incorporated into the document in breach of the acceptable code of ethics, also runs counter to the fundamental norms and principles of international law (territorial integrity, non-use of force and threat of force, and peoples’ right to self-determination).
“No incident of the kind had ever occurred in the past 25 years of the Assembly’s history. We evaluate the practice as a breach of the organization’s traditions and essence. Such a workstyle is unacceptable and condemnable for any parliamentary delegation. As a sign of protest, the Armenia delegation walked away from the session,” reads the statement.
The Armenian delegates also warn the other national delegations against yielding to provocation “to avoid subordinating the organization’s goals and objectives to individual countries’ political interests”. They further make a strong call for condemning the practice and returning to a constructive cooperation “underlying the Assembly’s essence and traditions”.