Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.2
By Anakhanum Khidayatova - Trend:
Azerbaijan and the European Union need each other and their relations will be restored after some time, Azerbaijan's Deputy Foreign Minister Mahmud Mammadguliyev told Trend Oct.2.
He was commenting on the Azerbaijani-EU relations after the adoption of a resolution on Azerbaijan by the European Parliament.
After the adoption of this resolution, the visit of the European Commission's delegation to Azerbaijan was cancelled, he said, adding that the details of the new strategic agreement between Azerbaijan and Europe were supposed to be discussed during that visit.
"For the present, this process has been suspended and we need to wait a little while," said Mammadguliyev.
"We hope that the relations will be restored," the deputy foreign minister said, adding that it is not the first time it happens between Azerbaijan and the EU.
Mammadguliyev noted that this step taken by the European Parliament doesn't correspond to the spirit of relations between the two sides.
"The European Parliament is one of the EU structures and doesn't solve many issues in practice," he said.
The deputy foreign minister said that 300 out of 600 members of the parliament took part in the voting on this resolution and among them were those who remained neutral and those who voted against it.
"This shows that there are sensible people in the European Parliament and we should work with them, since one shouldn't hastily make such a decision on Azerbaijan," said Mammadguliyev.
"They were first to have visited Azerbaijan, to become familiar with the situation and then adopt a decision, he said, adding that by hastily adopting such a decision, the European Parliament violated its own laws as well.
Mammadguliyev believes that the Armenian lobby, as well as other forces can stand behind such activities of the European Parliament.
Other EU structures such as the European Commission, Council of the European Union hold different position, according to the deputy foreign minister.
"They want the relations with Azerbaijan to develop even more," he added.
Edited by Sİ
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