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Azerbaijan to oppose against Council of Europe's double standards

Politics Materials 3 October 2011 21:15
The Azerbaijani delegation to PACE will oppose against the double standards of the Council of Europe, the head of the Azerbaijani delegation Samed Seyidov said during the autumn plenary session of PACE, which began on Monday.
Azerbaijan to oppose against Council of Europe's double standards

France, Strasbourg, Oct. 3 /Trend, A.Maharramli/

The Azerbaijani delegation to PACE will oppose against the double standards of the Council of Europe, the head of the Azerbaijani delegation Samed Seyidov said during the autumn plenary session of PACE, which began on Monday.

"Here they say that Azerbaijan avoids cooperation with various structures of the Council of Europe. But this is flatly wrong," said Seyidov.

He said Azerbaijan does not avoid cooperation with any structure and is ready for any dialogue. "But we are against the biased approach. It deals with cooperation with the rapporteur on persons considered political prisoners in Azerbaijan," said Seyidov.

According to Seyidov, all forget that this issue exists in many countries of the Council of Europe, but rapporteurs are not appointed for these countries on this subject. No one decides to encourage the appointment of a rapporteur for these countries.

"Then why is such a rapporteur appointed to Azerbaijan? If we are talking about compulsory decisions of the Bureau, and if it is indicated that the appointment of Christoph Strasser is mandatory and the Government of Azerbaijan should comply with this decision, why are not we talking about another decision of the Bureau?" Seyidov said.

According to him, this decision deals with the restoration of the ad hoc committee on Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan voted unanimously for restoring the committee.

But for some reasons, no one talks about the inactivity of the ad hoc committee, of which activity was restored after a unanimous decision, Seyidov said. Nobody says that the Armenian side boycotted the work of this ad hoc committee, and in fact, Bureau's decision turned into a decision meaning nothing.

"It needs to talk about this. We generally will oppose against the double standards in the Council of Europe," said the head of the Azerbaijani delegation.

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