Azerbaijani intelligentsia refuses from opposition parties' proposal
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 18 / Trend , J.Babayeva/
The Azerbaijan Intellectuals Union refused from opposition parties' proposal concerning the municipal elections.
"We have received many proposals from leading opposition parties to attend the municipal elections. We have refused from their proposals in a civilized manner. Intelligentsia seeks not to cooperate with opposition. We support cooperation with democratic camps. Unfortunately, the Azerbaijani opposition does not present a democratic camp," Chairman of the Azerbaijan Intellectuals Union Eldaniz Guliyev told Trend on June 18.
Azerbaijan will hold municipal elections in December 2009. Number of municipalities was cut from 2,757 to 1,766 in the country.
Guliyev was dissatisfied with opposition parties' attitude toward intelligentsia. "Opposition should understand a long time ago that if sources of any political bodies do not rely on intelligentsia, it will not have the end, as it does not have the beginning," the chairman of the union said.
He thinks intellectuals should not join the municipal elections. "Members of the union are free to act, but most of them do not intend to join the elections," Guliyev said.
Azerbaijan Intellectuals Movement was set up in 2003 and registered by the Justice Ministry in 2007. The organization aims at protecting rights of Azerbaijani intellectuals and achieving reconciliation between government and opposition.
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