OSCE/ODIHR not attending Azerbaijan’s election due to its weakness - Russian FM (UPDATE)
OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) decided not to participate in the election in Azerbaijan due to its own weakness and looseness, says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
He made the remarks Oct. 12 at a press conference held with OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier, Russia 24 TV channel reported.
"States are obliged to invite observers, including those from the OSCE, and it doesn't matter how many observers will arrive," said Lavrov.
"That's not the secretariat's fault, but the structure that exists sequentially is subject to tests due to its looseness, and those, who are small in number and refuse to turn it into a full-fledged organization, prefer to keep it like that for it to be easy to be manipulated," said Lavrov.
Earlier, OSCE press office released a statement of the ODIHR Director Michael Link, saying that no observer mission will be sent for the parliamentary election, to be held in Azerbaijan Nov. 1.