Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr. S.Ilhamgizi / A dialogue between the Government authorities and opposition groups will be intensively developed before the upcoming presidential elections in Azerbaijan in 2008, said Ali Hasanov, the head of the Public-Political Department of the Presidential Administration, during a conference focusing on relations between the Government and press.
According to Hasanov, a dialogue between the government and the opposition is necessary for constructive cooperation. "However, sometimes, some people think we need a table to sit at in order to hold negotiations. There is dialogue in Azerbaijan, but on a very low level. The dialogue will be intensified prior to the upcoming presidential elections in Azerbaijan," Hasanov said.
Discussions concerning changes in the election code have not been completed. The Azerbaijani Government and the Council of Europe Venice Commission continue to work on the proposals of political parties.
The Government will not accept proposals which could make the elections depend upon the will of individual parties and people, Hasanov said.