Political review of the last week in 2007

Official chronicle

On 24 December the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, attended the inauguration ceremony of a new Butter Processing Factory of the MKT Production-Commercial Ltd in Azerbaijan's city of Ali Bayramli. Collective of the Plant cheered the Head of State and the First Lady. President Aliyev cut red ribbon of the Factory, which as informed, is going to produce mainly margarine from cottonseed. Annual production of the Factory averages 14 thousand tons of margarine mostly to be exported to Central Asian countries. The Factory has been equipped with the modern technology purchased from Turkey and Germany. The enterprise employs 246 people whose monthly average wages total AZN 300-400. The President toured the Factory, familiarized with the workshops and range of products for export.

On 24 December the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, got familiarized with the Telemechanics Plant of the Defense Industry Ministry in Azerbaijan's city Ali Bayramli. The Head of State and his spouse laid flowers on bust of the Great Leader Heydar Aliyev, and then viewed the Heydar Aliyev Museum. The President signed the Guests' Book. The Head of State was informed of the modern technological devices the plant was equipped.

From 1 January, the pensions and salaries will be increased in Azerbaijan, stated by Ilham Aliyev, the Azerbaijan President, on 24 December. The pensions will also be reconsidered after the second half of the year 2008.

The Azerbaijani President made this statement while addressing at the opening of the diagnosis center in Ali Bayramli. It is planned to open ten more similar diagnosis centers throughout the country. In the next year, the expense for the health will total $411mln. These funds will be spent on the construction of new hospitals and for the increase of the salaries of the employees involved in the health sector.

Over the past 5 years, the budget on the expenses of Azerbaijan increased 10 times. In 2008, the combined budget of the country will total $12bln. "It will occur, thanks to the liberalization of the Azerbaijani economy," he said. Aliyev spoke about the definite delays in the implementation of the Program on the socio-economic development of the country. "We know that and will take definite steps," he said.

The President also said that in 2007, the poverty ratio decreased in Azerbaijan. Over the past 4 years, 600,000 new jobs were started in the country, including 459,000 permanent jobs. "Thus, we insured the implementation of the 5-year program for over four years," Aliyev said.

During the tour of Ali Bayramli, the President also visited the tele-mechanical factory at the Defense Industry Ministry.

From 1 October 2007, a total of 1,204,400 pensioners registered with the State Social Security Fund (SSSF). So, 301 pensioners fell per 1,000 people in Azerbaijan. The average monthly wage in the country rose by 62% as compared to similar period of 2006, which comprised AZN 58.54. The average pension rations 33% of the wage.

The inauguration ceremony for the newly restored Azerbaijani State Puppet Theater, named after Abdullah Shaig, was held on 26 December. Ilham Aliyev, the Azerbaijani President and his spouse Mehriban Aliyeva attended the event. The venue of the theater with the area of 2,700 cu m and for 200 spectators was restored by the public budget funds. Moreover, the advanced lighting and sound equipment were installed there.

The head of the state appealed to the children from the boarding schools. Stating that the children are our future, Aliyev called on the young generation to study well. "To become a good citizen of Azerbaijan, it is necessary to be well-educated," he said.

Later on a play "World of tales' by Elshad Rahmanoglu was shown.

The President examined a picture by Togrul Narimanbayov, a famous Azerbaijani artist, put on the first floor of the theater.

From 1 January 2008, the monthly salaries will total upto AZN 60 as per the decree issued by Ilham Aliyev, the Azerbaijani President. Presently, the minimum salaries amount to AZN 50.

The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received the Egyptian delegation led by Minister of International Cooperation of this country Mrs. Fayza Mohamed Aboul Naga on 27 Dec.

President Ilham Aliyev noted successful development of the bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Egypt, in particular, in the economic field. The President recalled his visit to Egypt and meetings there, stressing their importance for expansion of inter-state relations.

Mrs. Fayza Mohamed Aboul Naga conveyed greetings and holiday wishes of the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak to the Azerbaijani President. The two sides are pleased with the development of bilateral relations, the Minister said and handed over the letter of Mr. Hosni Mubarak to the President of Azerbaijan. Head of the Azerbaijan State expressed gratitude for warm greetings and congratulations from his Egyptian counterpart and requested to convey his greetings to Mr. Hosni Mubarak as well.

The Executive Committee of the Azerbaijan National Olympic Committee conferred its first Olimpiya Order upon the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev for his contribution to developing the Olympic movement and sports in the country. The order was presented to the President on 27 December at a special event to discuss results of the National Olympic Committee`s activities in 2007 and to award athletes, coaches and sports experts.

The President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, received the delegation led the Turkish Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs Mehmet Mehdi Eker, on 28 December. Mehmet Mehdi Eker underlined successful implementation of cooperation between the agriculture ministries of the countries. He informed on good potential for further joint projects in this field. Mr. Eker expressed readiness for expansion of co-op in this sphere. Head of the Azerbaijan State noted that Turkey in the said field is very interesting for Azerbaijan, emphasizing importance of continuation of the exchange of experience among the relevant departments of the two countries.

Parliament

The problem concerning light and gas supply was discussed in the Azerbaijani Parliament.

"Light has been cutting for several times a day and population cannot use gas due to low pressure in Binagadi District of Baku," stated a member of MP Group of the Musavat opposition party Arzu Samadbayli during the Parliamentary session on 25 December.

The chairman of the Umid opposition party MP Igbal Agazadeh stated that the light has been cutting from 1:00 to 5:00 three times a week in the Khatai District of Baku.

The Energy Supply Department stated that limits were imposed on energy supply in districts of Baku. The issue must be disclosed. The cost for used energy was increased then why limits were imposed on energy supply.

MP Ali Masimli said that there appeared problems with gas and energy supply by coming of winter.

Gas supply was completely suspended to Sheki City of Azerbaijan. "We should put an end to the issue concerning stop of energy and gas supply during winter months in the country. Why gas and energy of subscribers who paid for used gas and energy were cut?

A member of the Musavat MP group Panah Huseyn proposed the Government to abolish population debt for communal services.

The chairman of the Great Establishment Party Fazil Gazanfaroglu said that light has been cutting in the Sabunchi District of Baku beginning from 3:00p.m.

The deputy executive secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party MP Siyavush Novruzov said that theer was not serious problem with light and gas supply in the country. Population would pay for used gas and light in order to avoid similar problems.

The Azerbaijani Parliament First Vice Speaker Ziyafat Askarov blamed MPs who stated about presence of gas and light problems in the country. "There may be some gas and light supply problems in some regions. Such problems are connected with reconstruction in the territory. There is not gas and light problem in Azerbaijan," Askarov added.

The permanent parliamentary commission of the Azerbaijan adopted a draft law, envisaging the establishment of the favorable condition for the free entrepreneurship and the healthy rivalry in the country, in the second reading. On 25 Dec, the Milli Majlis [Azerbaijan Parliament] discussed and adopted in the second reading, the Competition Code.

According to Ziyad Samedzade, the chairman of the parliamentary commission for the economic policy, the Code has undergone the first reading a year ago. "Later on, a special working group was established, at the MPs' proposal to improve the law. The bill was almost reviewed, and as a result the numbers of articles were reduced from 97 to 82," he said.

Samedzade said that the initial variant of the Competition Code envisaged the priorities and privileges for the employees of the competition bodies. After the improvement, these issues were removed from the Competition Code and the employees of the competition bodies will be regarded as the state employees.

The Competition Code defines the legal basis for ensuring and the defense, of the free and healthy competition in the sphere of the business activities. The document rules out the signing of the agreements, restricting the rivalry of the market subjects leading to the monopolization of the economy. The key objective of the Competition Code is to prevent such negative situations. The Code stipulates the actions for strengthening 'entrepreneurs' efforts for the rivalry and the preservation of the domestic market.

The Code envisages the state control over the observation of the legislation, the development and realization of the state rivalry policy, the prevention of unfair rivalry etc.

MP Gudrat Hasanguliyev, the chairman of the Popular Front of Unified Azerbaijan Party (PFUAP), considers progress due to introduction of a ban on wear of headscarf in the new bill on Education.

The 11.1.8 Article of the new bill on Education stated that ban was imposed on wear of headscarf (hijab) in all educational centres in Azerbaijan. However, up to now there has not been a prohibition on wear of headscarf in Azerbaijan.

The MP stated that in compliance with the educational system Azerbaijan is a secular state.

Misuse of religion in political purpose always hinder development of democracy in all Islamic countries. " Azerbaijan may to become a religious country like Iran if we not to stop wear of hijab in the country," Hasanguliyev stated.

Another MP Fazil Gazanfaroglu, the chairman of the Great Establishment Party of Azerbaijan, stated in the interview to journalists that he was completely against the new bill which envisages prohibition to wear headscarf in educational centres of the country. He stated that the believers cannot stand apart from receiving education. "Passing of such a bill demonstrates violation of tolerance in the country," Gazanfaroglu added.

The chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on Human Rights Rabiyat Aslanova stated to the Trend agency that the Azerbaijani Government is a secular country. She does not consider the ban as violation of human rights.

By the official information by the State Committee, 96% of Azerbaijani population makes up the Muslims, out of which 65% are shiits and the rest 35% are sunnits.

In 1992, the current education bill of Azerbaijan was passed. Since 1995, the Parliament initiated to develop a new bill, but no bill has been developed for the past12 years. The new bill is expected to be discussed, during the Parliamentary session on 28 December.

According to the Article 18 of the Azerbaijani Constitution, the religion is separate from the state, all the religions are equal before law and the state educational system carries a secular character

Foreign policy

Azerbaijan and Turkey will increase efforts directed against claims on the genocide against Armenians, stated the new appointed Ambassador of Turkey in Azerbaijan Hulusi Gilinj by a telephone from Ankara.

"Measures have been taken in this direction. And I think such measures will be taken in the future too," the Ambassador said.

Armenians stated that they were undergone to genocide by the Ottoman Empire in 1915-1923. France and Holland recognized genocide against Armenians. Turkey does not agree with such a statement. Armenians use such claims in order to prevent Turkey join the European Union.

Political Movements

The chairman of the Azerbaijani opposition Civil Solidarity Party (CSP) blamed other parties of the left wing with an attempt to form false opinion about CSP. Opposition parties attempt to ground their position on non-participation of CSP at rallies held lately. There are parties which call to boycott elections take part at elections and those who are against to sit in the Parliament themselves sit in the Parliament, stated MP and a member of the permanent parliamentary commission on international and inter-parliamentary relations Sabir Rustamkhanli during the 4th meeting of the party in Baku on 24 December.

"Why some our friends attempt to remove us from the immense opposition camp? A slander campaign against CSP has been continued for several years. Azerbaijani opposition together with the Authorities carries responsibility before population.

There occurred some differences between the party and a range of opposition leaders.

The chairman of the Azerbaijani opposition Civil Solidarity Party (CSP) MP Sabir Rustamkhanli was re-elected to the chairman post for forty years term. The decision was taken during the 6th meeting of the party in Baku on 24 December.

Participants of the meeting unanimously voted to Rustamkhanli due to lack of another alternative candidature.

Several election conferences were held in Azerbaijani 67 regions and cities. Attending the meeting by 462 delegates.

The reports by Rustamkhanli, chairman of the Supreme Assembly of the party Rafik Manafli.

Manafli was re-elected chairman of the Supreme Assembly.

CSP was founded under the chairmanship of one of the leaders of the National Liberation Movement, Sabir Rustamkhanli, in 1992. The party took part in the parliamentary elections in 1995, 2000, 2005, presidential elections- 2003 and municipal elections 1999 and 2004. The party received state registration on 3 November 1992. The party has over than 35,000 members.

Ayaz Rustamov, the chairman of the oppositional Azerbaijan National Independence Party (ANIP), appealed to the political board of the Party for his resignation in connection with some problems in his health, the ANIP said.

The Political Board will make a relevant decision after the consideration of the appeal.

Rustamov asserted that he resigned from the post of chairman. He denied any supposition as though he took this decision under pressures of the ANIP activists.

"My resignation is not linked to inner party developments. Key reason for my resignation is my poor health," Rustamov said.

Several months ago Ali Orujov, the Secretary Agitation and Media of the ANIp, said that he was dissatisfied with Rustamov's activities. Moreover, Etibar Mammadov, the leader of the party, said about inactive political activities of the party.

ANIP the first Azerbaijani party obtaining state registration, was founded by Etibar Mammadov in 1992. Presently, Mammadov is the deputy chairman of the International Democratic Union

Rustam Shahsuvarov, the chairman of the Communist Party of Azerbaijan (CPA) believes that the Azerbaijani Justice Ministry cannot bereave the party of stamp and registered documents, on the basis of the claims by a group of people who do not represent the party.

"The party is functioning on the basis of the Charter. The meeting, that we held in October 2007, and our structures are legal," Shahsuvarov said.

CPA's former chairman, Ramiz Ahmadov died in September 2007. Hence, the contradictions occurred among the deputy chairmen of the party. As a result of the contradiction, the party split into the supporters of deputy chairmen of the party, Rauf Gurbanov and Rustam Shahsuvarov.

Shahsuvarov's supporters held the meeting on 14 October, where he was elected the CPA's chairman, whereas Gurbanov's supporters held the meeting on 23 December and elected Gurbanov the chairman of the party.

During the press-conference, dedicated to the results of meetings, Gurbanov stated that he would appeal to the Azerbaijani Justice Ministry, in order to make the changes into the Chapter of CPA and register the extract from the minutes of the meeting.

Shahsuvarov noted that the meeting held by Gurbanov's supporters was illegal, as the organized commission which held the meeting has no power to call such a meeting. According to Shahsuvarov, the Justice Ministry has no juridical reasons to take away the register list issued by CPA, in 1994.

Shahsuvarov stated that Gurbanov has the stamp for the party organizations located in Ganja City and Nizami and Khatai Districts of Baku. "But the other region and the city organizations do not support Gurbanov," Stated Shahsuvarov.

Communist Party of Azerbaijan (CPA) made an appeal to Azerbaijan's Ministry of Justice, said the Chairman of CPA, Rauf Gurbanov, on 24 December at press-conference dedicated to the results of the 37th Congress. "The appeal to the Ministry of Justice envisages amendments to the party's Regulation, registration of extracts from the Congress's protocol," Gurbanov said.

Gurbanov was elected as the party's Chairman at the Congress on 23 December. There was not an alternative candidate to the post of chairman.

Ex-chairman of CPA, Ramiz Ahmadov, died on 10 September 2007. After this, differences appeared between the deputy chairmen of the party and as a result the CPA was divided into two parts - supporters of the first Deputy Chairman, Rauf Gurbanov and Rustam Shahsuvarov. The supporter of Shahsuvarov held the Congress on 14 December and he was elected as the Chairman.

According to Gurbanov, they require that the seal and other important documents of the party should be taken from the organization headed by Shahsuvarov. "I believe that the opposite side will not break the law and accept the legitimacy of our Congress," Gurbanov said.

According to Gurbanov, according to the Law on Political Parties, an appeal will be made to the Governmental bodies to provide headquarter to the CPA.

The CPA was established at the beginning of the last week. In 1991 Ahmadov re-established annulled activities of the party. The CPA was represented in the Parliament of Azerbaijan in 2000-2005.

The chairmen of eighteen opposition parties of Azerbaijan, signed an agreement on the cooperation during the meeting of the political parties on 26 December.

The document envisages stopping the mutual popularization, on the threshold of the upcoming presidential elections in the country. The agreement was signed by the Popular Front of Unified Azerbaijan Party, Great Establishment Party, Classic Popular Front Party, Liberal Party, Adalat, Great Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani national Independent Party, Taraggi, Azadlig and the others.

Nagorno-Karabakh

Conducting 'week of Armenia' in Azerbaijan is unacceptable, the Head of Executive Power of Azerbaijan's occupied district of Khojali, MP Elman Mammadov, reported to Trend on 24 December.

Two Armenian youth organizations made an initiative to hold week of Armenia in Azerbaijan. According to Mammadov, the proposal to hold week of Armenia in Azerbaijan is the next falsity, with help of which, Armenia wants to demonstrate to the world public that as though Armenian people is humane.

According to him, participating in week of Azerbaijan in Armenia, the Azerbaijanis play in the hands of enemies.

"As long as Azerbaijan's lands are under occupation of Armenia and we have more than one million IDPs and refugees, it is unacceptable to hold week of Armenia in Azerbaijan," Mammadov said.

Between 17 and 23 December, the Azerbaijani Ganja, Agstafa and Gazakh representation of Helsinki Citizens' of Azerbaijan, Director of Mingachevir Center on Human Rights, Jansh Omarov, journalist Seymur Bayjan, Head of Agency Third Vision, Rauf Rajabov, Head of Consensus NGO, Afet Sariyev, arrived in Armenia to attend week of Azerbaijan.

The international mediators attached new elements to the last proposals on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, which were presented to Azerbaijan and Armenia in Madrid. The details of the elements are not made publicly available due to the confidentiality of the talks. "There are several new elements to this proposal, although I would rather not comment on the specifics until the presidents have had the opportunity to thoroughly study the principles and discuss their views with us," said the US Co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, Matthew Brayza, in his online interview with Trend on 24 December.

The written proposals which are comprised of ten principles were presented to the conflicting sides by the OSCE Co-chairs late November in Madrid. Presenting the proposals to the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia, the mediators stated that they presented the proposals in a written form for prompt adoption due to the danger that after the possible replacement of the powers in both countries as a result of the presidential elections, the new heads may deny the agreement reached by the sides. The principles of the settlement are not made publicly available due to the confidentiality of the talks.

According to Bryza, the mediators have not yet heard the formal responses of Presidents of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev and Armenia, Robert Kocharyan, to the proposed Basic Principles for the Settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict. "We consider it a positive development that the two sides are seriously studying the document and have both indicated an oral "gentlemen's agreement" is possible before the Armenian elections in February. We will discuss our proposal with the presidents in detail when we travel to the region in mid-January," Bryza said.

"Once an agreement is reached, we are assuming the sides will disclose the specifics of the Basic Principles to the public. However, until we have reached an agreement, we would rather not to comment on these specific elements," he said.

"The Co-Chairs firmly believe the current set of ideas on the table provides the only logical and practicable way to advance towards a peaceful settlement of the conflict, and we hope the two presidents will come to this conclusion as well," the US diplomat said.

On 23 Dec, the Armenian Armed Forces violated the cease fire regime, from the dislocated Aigeovit village of Berd region of Armenia fired at the Balajafarli village of the Gazakh region of Azerbaijan from 9:30a.m to 9:35a.m.

On 23 Dec from 8:50a.m to 9:35, the divisions of the Armenian Armed Forces located near Kuropatkino village of Hojavand region, as well as Garakhanbayli village of Fizuli region from 23 to 24 December from 11:20p.m to 1:50a.m and Javahirli, Shurabad and Merzili villages of Agdam region of Azerbaijan on 23 and 24 December from 11:00p.m to 2:40a.m, fired at the Azerbaijan National Armed Forces, a spokesman for the Azerbaijan Defence Ministry reported.

The National Army of Azerbaijan retaliated but no casualties were reported.

Russia, as co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group together with the USA and France, makes everything depending on it to make closer the positions of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict sides, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Andrei Denisov, said at the press-conference on 24 December while replying to the question of Trend Special Correspondent.

"We see that there are certain progresses in this regard. The sides are continuing talks and it is very urgent. Everybody knows that there are not and will not be easy solutions here. To make these and other decision forcibly or under pressure is simply impossible, and if it is possible, this decision will not be viable and will bring to some difficulties in the future," Denisov said.

The Russian diplomat considers that settling Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict exclusively depends on how the conflicting sides reach an agreement with each other. According to Denisov, Russia's position on the conflicts, including Nagorno-Karabakh, envisages following norms of international law.

Replying to the question of Trend Special Correspondent on how it is expedient to establish military-strategic union between Russia and aggressor-country Armenia, especially the Armenian-Russian military co-operation within the frameworks of Collective Security Treaty Organization, Denisov said that along with other member-countries of the organization, Russia is co-operating with Armenia. "It is real and we do not hide it. However, all necessary explanations on this issue are provided to the Azerbaijani side," he said. According to the Russian Deputy foreign Minister, Russia proceeds from the issue that the relations with Azerbaijan are of friendly character and character of close partnership on important directions of co-operation. "Generally I do not see any problems in the relations between Azerbaijan and Russia, excluding ordinary events which happen between each two countries or neighboring countries," Denisov said.

Denisov set an example that Azerbaijan has its own vision for the development of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

According to Denisov, non-settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh conflict also affects the activity of the CIS. "It needs to make some amendments. For instance, large events within the CIS are not conducted in the capitals of Armenia and Azerbaijan in order not to create problems. If any events, meetings of leaders or senior officials are held in Baku, it will present problems for Armenia or just against if any events are held in Yerevan. However, we hope that such problems will be few. In any cases, our Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts will co-operate within the CIS and assist in settling these issues. In any cases, we do not see any total freezing," Russian deputy foreign Minister said.

Azerbaijan supports creation of a sub-committee on frozen conflicts among CIS member-countries within the framework of the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe. "We support Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to be considered within framework of PACE but not separately from other frozen conflicts," stated representative of Azerbaijan in PACE Arif Mammadov to the Trend agency on 25 December.

PACE Monitoring Group co-rapporteur on Azerbaijan Andrea Herkel proposed to establish a permanent sub-committee on frozen conflicts. Herkel said that settlement of frozen conflicts was one of the relevant issues for Azerbaijan, as well as Georgia and Moldova. The Council of Europe should seriously consider the issue. The issue is expected to be considered during the PACE January session.

For the first time the idea to establish a sub-committee was discussed in Berlin at the beginning of November and Azerbaijan supported the proposal. Azerbaijan intends to support the idea to create a sub-committee in spite of the existed sub-committee on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the framework of PACE Monitoring Group. The sub-committee was established as a structure to hold control over fulfillment of the Resolution of Assembly of organizations on Armenian-Azerbaijani problem in 2005.

The international mediators can develop a project for the Armenian-Azerbaijani peaceful agreement before the presidential election in Armenia, if both the sides agree upon the basic principals of the regulation of the conflict, Yuri Merzlakov, the Russian co-chairman of the group of international mediators stated to the Trend agency on 26 December.

The OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs from the United States, Russia and France on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict submitted the written proposals for regulating the conflict, to Azerbaijan and Armenia during the meeting in Madrid in the end of November. Due to the confidentiality of the process, no details were announced on the issue.

"The proposals offer nothing new", stated Merzlakov.

Russian mediator stated that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs hope to get reaction of both the sides, during their visit to the region in the mid of the January. The opinions of the Azerbaijan and Armenian Foreign Ministers, 'the sides will study proposals', were announced during the meeting in Madrid. However.

The peaceful settlement of the conflict has been tried for the past 17 years.

Merzlakov did not exclude that the Presidents of the both countries may meet after the co-chairs visit to the region and consider the proposals. The co-chairs are planning to visit the Nagorno-Karabakh, during their visit to the region in the mid of the January.

Till now OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs submitted three proposals to both the sides, but two of them were not accepted by Armenia. Baku in its turn did not agree with the proposal, to establish a confederative state in the Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Azerbaijan Government and the political parties would reject the obligation of peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict assumed before by the Council of Europe, stated MP Gudrat Hasanguliyev, the chairman of the Popular Front of Unified Azerbaijan Party (PFUAP) during the Karabakh Forum in Baku on 26 December.

Eighteen Azerbaijani opposition parties signed an agreement on the cooperation, which envisages the stopping of popularization of the mutual popularization among parties, on the threshold of the upcoming presidential election in Azerbaijan, in Baku on 26 December. The agreement was signed by the Popular Front of Unified Azerbaijan Party, Great Establishment Party, Classic Popular Front Party, Liberal Party, Adalat, Great Azerbaijan, and Azerbaijani national Independent Party, Taraggi, Azadlig and the others.

According to Hasanguliyev, the obligation assumed by the Azerbaijan on the peaceful settlement of the conflict causes reason for the international organization to demonstrate loyal attitude towards the aggressive Armenia.

The chairman of the Karabakh Liberation Organization Akif Nagi said that Azerbaijan should refuse from the capitulation and mediation by the OSCE Minsk Group.

MP Ilyas Ismaylov, the chairman of the Adalat partysaid that he did not agree with the proposal. Ismaylov considers it wrong to go against the peaceful negotiations.

Azerbaijan cannot deny the obligation on peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh assumed before the Council of Europe.

"NGOs and political parties may have their own position on different issues and have right to demonstrate them. However, such an action does not mean that the country may deny its obligation taken before international organizations," Samad Seyyidov, the head of the Azerbaijani Parliamentary Delegation to PACE, reported to the Trend agency on 28 December. Around twenty political parties of Azerbaijan signed an appeal which means refusal from the obligation taken on peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict before international organizations.

According to Seyyidov, peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict potential has not been exhausted. Azerbaijan and Armenia assumed an obligation on peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict before the Council of Europe.

A member of the Azerbaijani delegation to the PACE and MP Aydin Mirzazadeh said that the possible deny of obligation may lead Azerbaijan face to face with international community. The country will isolate itself from PACE. Furthermore, Armenians may start new statements against Azerbaijan. Therefore, Azerbaijan would not deny its obligation before international organizations

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Brazil reports 910 more COVID-19 deaths
Sudan welcomes Algerian initiative to hold direct meeting on Nile dam
South Korea's july exports set fresh high on chips, autos
Turkey reveals number of ships received at local Bartin port in 1H2021
World Heritage Committee closes Fuzhou session, adding 34 new sites to heritage list
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Samsung Heavy Industries reduces net loss in Q2
UK reports another 26,144 coronavirus cases
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