Azerbaijan is not behind any Western country (exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 30
By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:
The pre-election campaign is being held in Azerbaijan quietly, without extraordinary situations, violence, emotions, Avigdor Lieberman, former Israeli Foreign Minister and leader of "Our Home Israel" party, said.
Lieberman said that this shows that Azerbaijan is not behind any Western country.
"The preparation for the election is being actively held," he said.
Regarding the refusal of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to observe the election in Azerbaijan, he said that today international organizations are not the model of a fair and honest approach.
"As a representative of the country, which faces with the double standards, absolutely groundless accusations, I would say that the international organizations are not a standard of the objective, honest and principled approach," he said.
"Unfortunately, one faces complete absence of any moral principles in international politics all the time, said Lieberman. "Biased attitude must be taken without unnecessary emotions."
He said that such a negative attitude towards Azerbaijan, which is now observed in the West, is connected with the interests of domestic and foreign policy.
"The EU, which is engaged in the first place with the problem of refugees, which primarily overflowed Western Europe, is trying to play the cards with your neighbors," said Lieberman.
"The United States for a variety of reasons has always demonstrated a one-sided attitude to all the problems," he said. "Israel is often accused of human rights violations. I always ask the same question. Why do I never hear of such charges or any international hearings concerning Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait?"
Azerbaijan will hold parliamentary election Nov.1, with participation of 767 candidates.
There are as many as 501 observers from 40 international structures accredited in the Central Election Commission of Azerbaijan for observing the parliamentary election. In total, the missions representing 53 countries will observe the election.
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