Ogtay Asadov: “I hope that the PACE will understand the principal position of Azerbaijan”

Baku: “Azerbaijan should urgently resolve the freedoms of assembly and expression and the problems in juridical independence”, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Ms. Anne Brasseur said at the meeting of the PACE’s Standing Committee, APA reports.

Brasseur said that she will try to meet with the arrested Ilgar Mammadov. “The European Court issued a judgment on Ilgar Mammadov. The judges came to the conclusion that the decision of imprisonment about him is unjust. I hope that this will lead to his release. I hope that the authorities will try to solve the above problems”.

Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Ogtay Asadov said that the President of the PACE began her speech with attack and he expressed his dissatisfaction about it.

Saying that Azerbaijan is struggling against corruption, Asadov expressed his hope for the PACE’s support for the reforms in Azerbaijan.

He said that Baku will host eighteen events during Azerbaijani Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. “Azerbaijan proves its loyalty to the European values with real steps. It takes considered measure for necessary reforms. Azerbaijan always respects its commitments before the PACE”, he said.

The Speaker noted that the PACE should approach carefully to Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, the problems of the refugees and internally displaced persons. “Armenia has occupied Nagorno Karabakh and 7 surrounding regions. 20 years activity of the OSCE Minsk Group hasn’t yielded any results. However, no sanctions are imposed on Armenia. Therefore, the persons who visit our regions occupied by Armenia are announced “persona non grata”. As Rene Ruke was failed to be granted a visa, The PACE Bureau decided the Committees of the PACE not to hold meetings in Baku. This decision is still under process. I hope that the PACE will understand Azerbaijan’s principal position”, he said.


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