State of Fulfillment of Azerbaijan’s Obligations Undertaken before EU to be Discussed in Brussels, Says Deputy Minister
Azerbaijan, Baku, 4 October / Trend corr. I.Alizade / State of fulfillment of obligations, which Azerbaijan undertook before the European Union (EU), will be discussed in Brussels.
"Meeting of the EU-Azerbaijani Interparliamentary Cooperation Committee, which will be held in Brussels, will focus on discussions over human rights, pre-election situation, freedom of media, security, as well as economic and energy security issues," Mahmud Mammadguliyev, the Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minster, told Trend on 4 October.
The ninth meeting of the Cooperation Committee between the EU and Azerbaijani Parliament will take place in Brussels on 6 and 7 October. A delegation led by Valeh Asgarov, the parliamentary vice-speaker, will participate in the meeting. The delegation includes MPs Gular Ahmadova, Zhala Aliyeva, Chingiz Asadullayev, Fuad Muradov, Nizami Isgandarov and Vafa Afandiyeva, an official of the secretariat. Delegation of the Azerbaijani Government, which includes Mammadguliyev, the Deputy Foreign Minister, and Sevinj Hasanova, the Deputy Economic Development Minister, will take part in the meeting, as well.
The meeting of the Committee will also focus on analyses of relations between Azerbaijan and the EU and discussions on cooperation and collaboration agreement, Action Plan, which was adopted under the New Neighborhood Policy, fulfillment state of Cooperation Memorandum in the field of energy.
As to level of Official Baku's fulfillment of its obligations, Mammadguliyev said that on only Azerbaijan undertook obligations. Both Azerbaijan and the EU mutually undertook obligations at the Action Plan.
"Both sides should act to fulfill these obligations. It is incorrect approach to think that one side has undertaken obligations and another side only should supervise it and hold monitoring. This is a bilateral cooperation and the documents testify it. Therefore, Azerbaijan, the EU and the European Commission should fulfill obligations, which they undertook," Mammadguliyev said.
The signed agreements are under fulfillment, the Deputy Minister said. "It is the second year that the Action Plan is being fulfilled. Azerbaijan and the EU will submit their reports on results of 2008," Mammadguliyev said.
According to Mammadguliyev, official Baku fulfills its obligations. The Deputy Minister said that the Action Plan should be implemented within five years. Therefore, at present it is impossible to say that all of obligations have been fulfilled.
"I am sure that it will be possible to implement all of the obligations within five years. Currently, Azerbaijan may not implement any obligation. However, it does not mean that the obligations will not be fulfilled. The main thing is to fulfill all planned measures and achieve the determined goals by the end of five years," the Deputy Minister said.
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