FM: Federal government official’s politicization of "Eurovision" song contest in Baku is unacceptable
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 9 / Trend E. Tarivrdiyeva /
Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Markus Löning rashly and unfairly politicized the issue of the "Eurovision" song contest in Baku, spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Elman Abdullayev told Trend today.
"Löning's efforts to politicize of Eurovision song contest in Baku are unacceptable," Abdullayev said. "Löning is trying to create a bias attitude towards this event in German society by using unfounded accusations and appeals, published by the German media."
In an interview with the newspaper Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, Löning filed charges against Baku in human rights abuses in connection with the upcoming "Eurovision" song contest in Azerbaijan in May.
Löning's approach and speech do not reflect Germany's position, Abdullayev said.
"Löning's rash steps are based on his personal initiative and do not serve to strengthen the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Germany, which are at a high partnership level," he said.
Löning's charges are more groundless, given the importance attached by the Azerbaijani government to continue working on the reforms to develop the legal state, to strengthen the rule of law, to develop democracy and the commitment to continue a broad dialogue with the EU in this area.
"The German Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed that the federal government welcomes the approval of a action plan to protect human rights in Azerbaijan," he said. He also stressed that this is the right step in this direction."
It should be stressed that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev approved the national program of activities to improve the protection of human rights and freedom on December 27, 2011, Abdullayev said.
Azerbaijani duo Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal (Ell / Nikki) with their pop-ballad "Running Scared" won the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.
The Eurovision 2012 semi-final rounds will be held in Baku on May 22-24, and the final on May 26. The 57th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Baku Crystal Hall, which is under construction near the area of the State Flag.