Azerbaijan, the Council of Europe, and Nagorno-Karabakh: A Reckoning

The failure of the world to follow through on its resolutions is endangering the authority of the bodies charged with keeping the peace. If the world will not stand by its words in the face of aggression and occupation, then combatant nations will rightly conclude that the only way to resolve their conflicts is through war — economic, military, or both.

Elkhan Suleymanov, an Azerbaijani MP and Deputy in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, offers a blistering assessment of the world’s failures to sanction Armenia for its invasion and occupation of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding Azerbaijani provinces. He also touches on the international order that Russia’s annexation of Crimea may have launched, and other topics.

However, his indictment of the international system is a powerful rebuke — all the more damning for his many years’ involvement with PACE and similar bodies — of its complete failure to end a frozen conflict before it warms into violence.