Azerbaijan proposes to change PACE monitoring procedure (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 25
The monitoring procedure carried out by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) should be changed, the head of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE, chairman of the parliamentary committee for international and interparliamentary relations, Samad Seyidov, said.
Seyidov made the remarks at a PACE winter session in Strasbourg Jan. 25.
He said that a vivid selective approach is observed in PACE. Monitoring is carried out for some countries, while it is not carried out at all for other countries, Seyidov added.
It is clear that the problems that sometimes occur in the countries which are monitored are not stipulated by the actions of those countries, but by the actions of the countries that are not monitored.
Seyidov called for serious work and avoiding selective approach.
He also urged to think out how to change the monitoring procedure itself.
The PACE established a monitoring procedure in 1993.
The declared goal of monitoring is to make sure that all the CoE countries stand in the common legal and political framework defined in accordance with the standards of the Council of Europe, the principles of the rule of law, parliamentary democracy and protection of human rights.