Azerbaijan's ruling party responds to U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary statement
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 17 / Trend, T. Hajiyev /
Azerbaijan's ruling party has responded to statements made by the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Thomas O. Melia.
"In speaking of any field, one can lay claims that 'more reforms can be made' - this applies to the economy, or other spheres. The same can also be said in regard to the U.S., 'more reforms can be made' in ensuring [U.S.] human rights,' Deputy Chairman, Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) Ali Ahmadov said.
He said that Melia's assessment of Azerbaijan can be as easily applied to the U.S.
"More work must be done in the field of human rights. In general, more can be done toward improving the health care sector and protection of human lives. Let them speak of their own needs", Ahmadov said.
The U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Thomas O. Melia, who is on visit to Baku, told journalists on Thursday that the human rights situation in Azerbaijan could and should be improved.