Azerbaijan's ruling party condemns EU report on opposition's rally
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 11 / Trend M.Aliyev /
The latest statement of the European Union regarding the political situation in Azerbaijan is not based on facts, Deputy Executive Secretary of the New Azerbaijan Party (NAP), MP Mubariz Gurbanli told NAP's website. The EU position is far from objective, he added.
Some opposition parties refused to hold a rally in the place allocated for them by the Baku City Executive Power and committed unlawful actions on April 2, he said. The law enforcement agencies took legal measures in this regard.
Such actions are stopped by state authorities in European countries, he added. Therefore, voicing of such allegations are absolutely untrue, Gurbanli said.
"The statement reads that media representatives were under pressure during the protest and that they were arrested. But this contradicts the facts. Freedom of speech and press is fully guaranteed in Azerbaijan. Perhaps a journalist was involved in this action as a member of a political party; if so this journalist does not differ from other participants. All conditions were provided for journalists during these events and media representatives were in special form. They were free to cover events," Gurbanli said.
Gurbanli said the socio-political stability is important for the Azerbaijani citizens today.
"Our country has been subjected to aggression by Armenia. The main challenge facing us is to liberate our land. Under such conditions, the violation of political stability in Azerbaijan is beneficial only to Armenia. Therefore, the Azerbaijani people are against all attempts to breach such stability," he stressed.