U.S Embassy apologizes for State Department's incorrect report on Azerbaijan

Politics Materials 16 March 2010 16:34 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 16 / Trend V.Zhavoronkova /

The U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan apologized for the incorrect report of the State Department on the drug situation in Azerbaijan.

"I apologize to the Azerbaijani students and the society for the State Department's report. The American government works hard and can sometimes be wrong," U.S. Embassy spokesman Terry Davidson told journalists today.

Azerbaijani students held a protest action in front of the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan.

About 100 students protested in connection with the report entitled "Drug Control Strategy - 2010" of the U.S. State Department.

The report of the State Department spread on March 2 said that about 30-35 percent of students are drug addicts in Azerbaijan.

"The report says that there are about 300,000 drug addicts. About 30-35 percent of them are students. If one considers that there are about 140,000 students in Azerbaijan. Some reports about 100,000 drug addicts are simply absurd," Baku State University Student Union chairman Dashgin Ganbarov said.

The following slogans: "We say no to deliberately distorting report of the U.S. State Department," We say no to drugs "," Do not slander the students! ".

An appeal was made as a result of the picket.

"The number of drug users - students of Azerbaijani universities was overrated in the report," he said. "I talked with representatives of the U.S. State Department for changes in the report. I do not know when it will be changed, but it will happen."

According to Davidson, the U.S. makes similar statements on many countries of the world, because drugs are a big problem today.

"We understand that the drug problem in the U.S. is much bigger than in Azerbaijan. We recognize that there was made a mistake, but the main thing that we are working with Azerbaijan, where drug abuse remains a serious problem," he said.

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