EU statement on Azerbaijan shows attempts of political pressure - MFA

Thu 13 Feb 2014 10:00 GMT | 14:00 Local Time

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The 12 February statement of the spokesmen of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Stephan Fule on additions and amendments to the law on NGOs causes surprise and confusion.

The statement came from Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev, commenting on the statement, Gun.Az reports.

According to him, it is interesting what "reliable" sources the EU referred to while making such remarks.

"Since becoming a member of the Council of Europe, the Azerbaijani Republic has fulfilled task which it undertook, and the preparation and development of legislation as part of the cooperation of the European Council with the Venice Commission was considered.

Abdullayev said that the legislation of the Azerbaijani Republic regulating NGO and civil society activities is no inferior to legislation of EU countries in this field, and in contrast, it is more democratic compared to legislation of some European countries.
"The statement made by the European Union without seeing and assessing measures taken and achievements made toward the development of NGO and civil society in Azerbaijan shows biased approach and attempts of political pressure."




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