Ruling party opposes EU parliament resolution on Azerbaijan

Sat 14 May 2011 00:23 GMT | 04:23 Local Time

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The New Azerbaijan Party (YAP) issued a statement on the European Parliament’s resolution on Azerbaijan.

The party’s press service reported that the statement regards the European Parliament’s resolution on Azerbaijan as biased.

'The country’s people are concerned about a number of untrue clauses included into the resolution adopted at the plenary meeting of the European Parliament on May 12, 2011, despite a very large potential and high level of the cooperation between Azerbaijan and Europe. The clauses about the violation of freedom of speech, media, freedom of assembly in Azerbaijan do not reflect reality. The clause about the political prisoners and arrest of persons for their political views is not true, either, it was included into the document without having been investigated objectively.'

The statement underlines that the resolution was prepared without having been investigated seriously.

'The adoption of the resolution shows double-standard approach and expresses intention to sacrifice opportunities of broad cooperation between the European Union and Azerbaijan to the superficial interests. Adoption of such a biased resolution prior to the visit of the President of the European Parliament to Azerbaijan does not serve the interests of the European Union or Azerbaijan.'

YAP strongly rejects the European Parliament’s remarks aiming to distort the real situation in Azerbaijan and expresses hope that the EP will make efforts to cover the truth basing on the objective approach.

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