CE Treats Developments in Post Soviet Regions with Dual Standards: Azerbaijani MP
France, Paris, 24 June / corr. Trend A.Maherramli, I.Alizade / Gultakin Hajiyeva, the deputy chairman of the Azerbaijani Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE), considers that the Council of Europe (CE) treats the developments in the post Soviet region with dual standards. "There are serious problems in the fields of democracy and corruption in most post Soviet regions," Hajiyeva said at a PACE meeting during the discussion of issues on fulfillment of obligations undertaken by Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan became a full member of the CE on 7 January 2001 and undertook definite obligations. The PACE appointed rapporteurs on Azerbaijan to control over the fulfillment of these obligations
Summer session of the PACE began in Strasburg on 23 June. The report on the situation of Azerbaijan was discussed at the session on 24 June.
The deputy chairman of the Azerbaijani delegation said that many post-Soviet countries had difficulties in holding free and democratic elections even after the CE membership. "It is important to create an atmosphere of confidence in the post-Soviet countries and to be objective while speaking about them," Hajiyeva said.
The occupation of Azerbaijani territory by Armenia counteracts the CE principles, she said.
She voiced her hope that the Parliamentary delegation and representatives of the Armenian opposition recognize the occupation of the Azerbaijani territory by Armenia," Hajiyeva said.
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