Baku, Azerbaijan, May 27
Some circles are taking various actions to discredit Azerbaijan, to denigrate its image in the international arena and to hinder the country's current development, said the deputy head of Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, chief of the administration's foreign relations department Novruz Mammadov in an interview with Trend and AzerNews newspaper.
"Some circles in the world support this," Mammadov said. "The processes taking place on the eve of the first European Games are of peculiar character."
Mammadov was commenting on a campaign of discrediting Azerbaijan conducted by some international circles on the eve of the first European Games.
He said that today there are about 200 countries in the world, 193 of which are the UN members.
"There are certain documents, statements, conventions, and agreements," he said. "But sometimes the effects turn out far from coinciding the adopted documents. I would stress that while putting its own interests above everything, every country is trying to use them in cooperation with others. A stronger country mainly seeks to use its opportunities, rather than to comply with the norms and principles of international law."
Envy emerges towards the countries with intensive development and certain steps are taken in order to intercept them, he said.
"The weaker the country and the less opportunities it has, the easier to manipulate that country," said Mammadov. "Therefore, some large states would rather like the other countries to be weak, with problems and under the guise of helping them to achieve the desired."
From this point of view, Azerbaijan's development today is the reason for great envy of some circles, the top official added.
By using their opportunities, various circles take steps to discredit Azerbaijan, to tarnish its image on the international arena and hinder its development, said Mammadov.
"For the first time in the world and in the history of the mankind, we will hold the First European Games," he said.
"We will hold these Games at the highest level. Heads of all states say they support us in this. But at the same time, their other resources are carrying out various campaigns," he said.
Mammadov called the fact as unpleasant.
He said the campaign against Azerbaijan is not only connected with the European Games.
"Azerbaijan always faces such a treatment," he said. "I am not talking about all of them, but it was done during the Eurovision song contest as well. However, we held it at a high level at the time, and we will hold these sports games at a high level as well."
"There have always been such envy and such intentions, this needs to be perceived as a reality, while ensuring a strong unity of the people with its leader against such activity for the sake of the success of our work," said Mammadov. "I believe we have no problems here."
"No matter whoever tries hard, and no matter how much zealous they are, we are moving forward and we will walk our own path," he said.