Azerbaijani FM meets with ODIHR director in Belgrade

Baku: Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov on Friday met with Michael Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, on the sidelines of the 22 OSCE Ministerial Council, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told APA.

Mammadyarov said the refusal of the OSCE/ODIHR to observe the Nov.1 parliamentary election in Azerbaijan contradicts its own mandate.

In spite of Azerbaijan’s calls for logical and constructive cooperation, the ODIHR with such a step raises is enough to question its independence and impartiality.

The minister stressed the need to study on what principles and methodology the ODIHR took such a position.

Michael Link in turn said that the ODIHR is interested in and ready for cooperation with all member states and will further increase its efforts in this direction.