Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 16 / Trend, E.Huseynli /
Azerbaijan and the Venice Commission have a common opinion on the issue of state financing of political parties.
"The coincidence of our opinions is that state financing of political parties is possible only if the latter take part in elections," Ali Hasanov, Head of the President's Office's Public and Political Department, told Trend on Wednesday.
He noted that no principle discords occurred during examination of this matter with the Venice Commission.
"As for all principle issues, including creation and dissolution of political parties, charters of political parties, inner-party relations, and relations within party leadership and amongst party members, criteria of political parties, our opinions, we can say, coincided. We had disagreement only on the issue of establishment of political parties in Azerbaijan by foreign citizens. In Europe, there are certain party unions, which partake in some elections and in the elections of European Parliament. Our position is that these European realities can not be complied with the law on political parties in separate countries," Hasanov added.
He said they in Azerbaijan believe that only citizens of the country should establish parties, go in for politics, and struggle for political power. But the Venice Commission thinks citizens of neighboring countries can establish and finance parties and take part in struggle for power, the official said. "Of course, this is impossible," Hasanov noted.
According to Hasanov, the bill on political parties will be submitted for consideration to the Parliament in the nearest days. Once the bill becomes the law, the Venice Commission will make its decision.
The existing Law "On Political Parties" was adopted in Azerbaijan in 1992.