Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 14
Azerbaijan has voluntarily entered organizations where it has membership and can voluntarily withdraw, said President Ilham Aliyev.
President Aliyev made the remarks at a solemn ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of creation of the New Azerbaijan Party (NAP) at the Heydar Aliyev Center Nov.14.
"We will continue to actively participate in the international organizations. The Non-Aligned Movement, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is a priority for us. We have been active member of the Council of Europe for more than 15 years and many events have been conducted through this organization. However, recently, as a result of the activity of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, an artificial crisis has been created between Azerbaijan and this organization. We are not the initiator of this crisis. We simply take adequate steps towards the hypocritical and unfair policies against us. I believe that our adequate response is also a step taken in place and time," President Aliyev said.
Ilham Aliyev considers that, in general, a well-known international organization such as the Council of Europe should not be the victim of unscrupulous ambitions of any individual.
"I hope that the issues related to this organization will also be solved. We want it, we hope for this. But, if this crisis deepens, then Azerbaijan will be fully free in its choice. We voluntarily joined all the organizations we are members and can voluntarily withdraw. No one can forcibly force us into any organization," he noted.