Power elite always open to cooperation with all participants of political process in Azerbaijan: Azerbaijani presidential office
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec.11 / Trend corr. S.Agayeva/ Proposals for the establishment of a so-called authorities-opposition cooperation union in Azerbaijan today have no real ground, said department head at the Azerbaijani President's Office.
"Power elite are always open to cooperation on any issues with all political actors in the country," head of the Political Analysis and Information Department at the Azerbaijani President's Office Elnur Aslanov told Trend on Dec.11.
An Azerbaijani opposition party proposed creation of an authorities-opposition cooperation union to discuss national issues.
In 2003, President Ilham Aliyev suggested a dialogue to opposition aimed at creating constructive relationships between the ruling elite and the counter-elite, said Aslanov. He said that later the ruling party many times proposed the dialogue, but lack of rational attitudes and approaches of some opposition leaders did not give the feasibility of this kind of dialogue.
"Establishment of the so-called Union now has no real ground, the more that this practice is effective only in countries with parliamentary form of government, where a coalition is required to form a government," he said. Today Azerbaijan is talking about forming a new, constructive opposition environment, which would imply good rivalry in the name of development, he said.
Reforms in the country are carried out in accordance with a clear strategic framework, and national issues may be discussed only with political groups that have real political weight in the country, believes Aslanov. According to him, in the world there are definitely examples of such alliances, but they contain a program of economic and political actions required to overcome a crisis.
"Absence of such a situation as a whole causes suggestions on such unions that have not any ground. Such initiatives should not become a factor in the desire to retain the face of the parties that have lost public support and social base. Because making such initiatives some parties simply try to stay afloat even short," said Aslanov.
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