Azerbaijan Opposition Centre Fails to Agree re Demonstrations

Politics Materials 4 April 2008 15:19 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 4 April / Trend corr J. Babayeva/ The Democratic Elections Centre (DEC) is experiencing differences regarding whether to hold a demonstration on 12 May, Yagub Abbasov, the Deputy Chairman of the Open Society Party which is represented in the DEC, said to Trend on 4 April.

On 30 January, nine Azerbaijani opposition parties decided to establish the Democratic Elections Centre, namely the Classical Popular Front Party, the Azadlig, the National and Democratic Party, the Open Society Party, the Great Azerbaijan, the Unified Popular Front Party, Takamul, the Great Establishment, the Greens' Party of Azerbaijan.

The DEC plans to hold a demonstration in the centre of Baku on 12 May, the day when the Bishkek protocol was signed which enacted the ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan. On 18 April, after its next meeting DEC will officially apply to the Baku Administration to be provided with a place to hold the demonstration. The demonstration will urge for radical reforms to be carried out in the Azerbaijani Army and will call on Baku to reject its obligations to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict peacefully.

According to Abbasov, during the recent meeting of the DEC, the Open Society Party and the Greens' Party voted against the demonstration. "Even if the Baku Administration authorizes the demonstration, the Open Society Party and the Greens' Party will not join it," Abbasov said.

According to the Open Society Party and the Greens' Party, now all activities of the DEC should be intended for changing the pre-election situation in Azerbaijan.

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