Azerbaijan’s Ruling Party Considers Protest against PACE Co-rapporteur in Azerbaijan As ‘Dirty’ Campaign
Azerbaijan, Baku, 13 February /corr. Trend G.Jabiyev / The Ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) protected Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe's new co-rapporteur for Azerbaijan Yevgeni Jivkova. "We consider that the oppositionists and several law observers have held 'dirty' campaign against Jivkova' opinion," the NAP Executive Secretary, MP Mubariz Gurbanli, reported to Trend on 13 February.
The Institute for Freedom and Security of Reporters, law-observers Leyla Yunus and Arzu Abdullayeva protested against Jivkova' opinion on closeness of the jailed journalists with the political forces. Musavat Party stated that Jivkova is a co-rapporteur closer to the Government.
According to Gurbanli, the co-rapporteur highlighted full politicization of the press in Azerbaijan. "With regards to Jivkova, she is not new and meets the European standards. The opposition's attack to her is the sample of intolerance and extravagancy of this camp against the foreign representatives, objectively approaching this issue. The opposition representatives, who speak of freedom of media, have now protested against Jivkova. Even they want her dismissal," Gurbanli said.
According to him, such attitude of the opposition towards the representatives of the international organizations and foreign countries- who objectively assess the situation, loves Azerbaijan and mention country's development, is quite wrong. "As soon as somebody expresses positive opinion about Azerbaijan, they attack him/her," he said.
In addition, Gurbanli abandoned the opinion on new co-rapporteur's closeness to Azerbaijani Government. "It is not first time that such opinion has been made. Even, they make such assessment to Azerbaijan President's positive opinion about the country. They connect any positive opinion of the US officials with the oil factor. Why don't they speak about existence of any factors, when the government is criticized? It is wrong to relate Jivkova with Azerbaijan Government and criticize her," Gurbanli said.
NAP was established in 1992, by the ex-President of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev. At present, the NAP is chaired by the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.
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