Biased PACE documents force Azerbaijan to reconsider relations with Council of Europe
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has adopted two resolutions on Azerbaijan, including on “The functioning of democratic institutions in Azerbaijan” report authored by co-rapporteurs Cezar Florin Preda and Stefan Schennach, and on “Azerbaijan’s Chairmanship of the Council of Europe: what follow-up on respect for human rights?” report made by Belgian MP Alain Destexhe.
The Azerbaijani President`s Assistant for Public and Political Affairs Ali Hasanov commented on the resolutions.
In a statement Ali Hasanov said:
– I think that by adopting these documents, which were made on the basis of subjective considerations of some anti-Azerbaijani circles and which pursue a specific purpose, PACE has once again demonstrated its biased and unfair stance against our country.
It is a well-known fact that Azerbaijan has continuously faced pressure from certain lobby groups, especially the Armenian ones
since its accession to this organization. This pressure mounted and became more severe during Thorbjørn Jagland`s tenure as Secretary General, which stemmed from his negative attitude against Azerbaijan.
It is obvious that Azerbaijan, which conducts an independent policy in line with its national interests and has a principled position, plays an active role in PACE, and this disadvantages many people. Otherwise, parliamentarians would think of the future of Europe, where Islamophobia, xenophobia, racial and religious discrimination are raging, and where cases of gross violation of human rights and freedom of expression are increasing, and would look for ways of addressing these problems. Read More
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