Ruling party: Azerbaijan’s development negatively impacts on Iran’s internal situation

Politics Materials 31 May 2012 18:38 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May 31 / Trend M. Aliyev /

Today human rights are seriously violated in Iran. From this point of view, Azerbaijan's development negatively impacts on Iran's internal situation, Deputy Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, MP Siyavush Novruzov said in an interview with the official website of the ruling party today.

"While crossing the Azerbaijani border, Iran's citizens saw a big difference," he said. "They think that they got out of hell into heaven. These people urge their government to create the same conditions. This irritates the current regime."

"For example, it is powerless before the U.S, Israel, developed European countries.
Therefore, it tries to convey some thoughts to them through actions directed against Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan has always demonstrated a fair position toward Iran. The Azerbaijani President said that the military attack will not be committed on Iran from the Azerbaijani territory. In this regard, Iran's actions are unfair."

He said that Iran worsens its situation by these actions.

"Iran exacerbates the difficulties instead of removing these problems, creating good relations with Azerbaijan, drawing conclusions from the current situation," he said. "Iran must try to change its attitude."

The Azerbaijani-Iranian relations have been recently deteriorated.

Everything started with the rumors that a group of foreigners is going to organize a gay parade in Baku during Eurovision song contest. Afterwards, the anti-Azerbaijani demonstrations were held in neighboring Iran urging to ban a gay parade and not to conduct the contest, which allegedly contradicts Islamic values.

Despite Baku has repeatedly stated that it will not allow holding such a parade in Baku, the anti-Azerbaijani campaign in Iran did not stop. The protest rallies were held in front of the Azerbaijani consulate in Tabriz. In response, similar rallies were held in front of Iran's diplomatic mission in Baku to stop the anti-Azerbaijani campaign.

Following this, Iran withdrew its ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohammad Bagher Bahrami in Tehran for consultations on May 22.

The situation further exacerbated after two Azerbaijani citizens got lost in Iran. The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has already sent three notes to Iran's Foreign Ministry demanding to clarify the situation with the missing compatriots.