Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry considers statements of EU officials as pressure (UPDATE)
Details added (the first version was published at 12:56)
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 10 / Trend S.Aghayeva /
Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry considers statements made by EU officials concerning detainees in connection with the events in Ismayilli as the factor of pressure on the investigation and scorns the intervention in investigative process, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev told reporters on Sunday.
No one has such a right to interfere in the investigation, he said.
EU Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle yesterday expressed concerns over the arrest of deputy chairman of Musavat Party, Tofig Yagublu and chairman of the REAL movement, Ilgar Mamedov.
Abdullayev said that such an approach of the EU towards Azerbaijan is perceived by Baku as unfair and biased.
"Unfortunately, some EU officials are not objectively assessing the current situation, distort it uniquely and give unfair assessments. This is surprising and leads to the obvious question: Why there is such a biased and prejudiced approach to Azerbaijan, whereas other events unfolding in the region are left with no appropriate reaction from the EU? Such approach of the EU, causing our surprise and regret, casts a shadow on the objectivity and neutrality of the organization," Abdullayev said.
The EU commissioners in a joint statement called on Azerbaijan to "provide prompt, fair, transparent and independent investigation of the matter."
A mass conflict connected with biased hooliganism occurred in Ismayilli region on January 23. The property was damaged by Chirag hotel's drunk administrator Emil Shamdinov and his friend Elmeddin Mammadov. Afterwards, Chirag hotel and various cars were burnt by a group of people who gathered there.