Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr I. Alizadeh / The draft law on alterative military service will not be passed at the autumn session of the Azerbaijani Parliament. "The executive bodies fail to come to an agreement on the project, therefore it was postponed," MP Zahid Oruj, a member of the permanent parliamentary commission on security and defence, said to Trend on 13 December.
There is an article in the Azerbaijani Constitution on introduction of alternative military service. When Azerbaijan entered the Council of Europe (CE) in 2001, the country undertook an obligation to pass the Law on Alternative Military Service. The CE urges to fulfil the obligation. The administration of the Azerbaijani Parliament and the chair of the permanent parliamentary commission on security and defence, who is also the First Deputy Speaker, Ziyafat Askarov said that the law would be passed in the autumn session.
The Executive Presidential Administration developed has the draft law. On 30 December, the autumn session will complete. According to Oruj, the draft law has not been submitted to the Parliament as yet. He says it will be impossible to pass the law in the autumn session. The issue on the alternative military service is reflected in the Constitution and is an obligation Azerbaijan undertook in the international organizations, therefore, there is no other way but to pass the law, Oruj said.