Deputy PM responds to PACE's biased position towards Azerbaijan

Deputy PM responds to PACE's biased position towards Azerbaijan

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 30


There is nothing new that the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) periodically expresses biased position towards Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Ali Ahmadov wrote in the article entitled "Anti-Azerbaijan Algorithm in the PACE Decision Making Mechanism", posted on his Facebook page, Trend reports on Jan. 29.

“This was repeatedly stated and the reasons were mentioned,” Ahmadov, who is also deputy chairman of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party, said. “However, the groundless criticism against Azerbaijan contained in PACE resolution #2317 - “Threats to media freedom and journalists’ security in Europe” adopted on Jan. 28, gives reason to say that the structure’s bias towards Azerbaijan has become chronic.”

“Azerbaijan is experiencing a period of rapid development and transformation,” the deputy prime minister said. “Successful continuation of the path chosen by the country, along with many factors, envisages transparency, information freedom, openness to the world. Cooperation, partnership, expansion of economic ties, information exchange with Europe - all this is one of the main conditions that give impetus to the progress on the path chosen by the country.”

“Moreover, Azerbaijan always openly and resolutely declares that it puts national and state interests at the forefront,” Ahmadov added. “As in all issues, the attitude to freedom of speech and press in Azerbaijan is stipulated in the context of freedoms enshrined in the Constitution and laws. It is possible to list dozens of reasons proving that Azerbaijan is on the same level with the countries where freedom of speech and media are protected.”

“Amid this situation, the appeal to the Azerbaijani authorities contained in the PACE resolution to put an end to "repressions" against journalists is incomprehensible,” Ali Ahmadov said. "It is enough to say that one of the authoritative international structures of Europe - PACE - cannot clearly explain the meaning of these far-fetched “repressions”. While analyzing the “accusations” against Azerbaijan, I would like to mention two “arguments” which are used by this structure.”

“The essence of the first argument is to stop the use of all kinds of sanctions against journalists,” Ahmadov said. “It is up to citizens to estimate the extent of legitimacy and fairness of this proposal (or requirement) from the point of view of human rights and the rule of law."

"While pursuing some goals, it turns out that for the sake of criticizing Azerbaijan, PACE feels free to demonstrate undemocratic approaches and distinguishes journalists as a separate caste. This means that if a journalist violates laws, commits a crime, slanders others and insults innocent people, then legal measures cannot and must not be taken against this journalist,” the deputy prime minister said. “In this case, how should the rights of people, insulted as a result of the actions of a journalist and subjected to moral terror, be protected? The “claims” against Azerbaijan in the notorious PACE resolution are also substantiated by such an absurd argument as provision of journalists with apartments by the Azerbaijani government, allegedly, this way the authorities bribe journalists.”

“Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani government provides different categories of people, in need of housing, with apartments,” Ahmadov added. “First of all, these are internally displaced people. Each year, the government allocates hundreds of millions of manat to provide internally displaced people with apartments. It would be appropriate to remind that the number of towns in which people of this category live, exceeds 100.”

“It would be better for PACE to think that as a result of Armenia’s aggression, 10 percent of the Azerbaijani population - one million people became internally displaced, and to contribute to the restoration of justice,” the deputy prime minister said. “But instead of this, the organization tries to find out and makes up reasons to criticize Azerbaijan.”

“Not only journalists and internally displaced people are provided with housing,” Ahmadov said. “The families of martyrs and displaced people of the Karabakh war, who are victims of aggression against Azerbaijan, are also provided with housing. There are also people from other categories who may take advantage of the state program on preferential apartments.”

“All these are different directions of the Azerbaijani social policy and to put it mildly, PACE’s attempt to politicize provision of journalists with housing is surprising,” the deputy prime minister added. “Objective approach, at the very least, requires the European structure, which seeks to show care for journalists, should praise this step taken by the Azerbaijani authorities."

Despite that state aid in the form of providing journalists with apartments, is, in fact, from the point of social justice, should be praised, is being criticized by the above mentioned structure,” Ahmadov said. “While evaluating journalists and attitude towards their activity in Azerbaijan, people who voted for the adoption of this resolution should've recalled the decision made by the Azerbaijani government to pay off the debts of all media outlets. But PACE decision-makers are silent about this aspect because they need an “argument” to criticize the country at all costs.”

“Such injustice is detrimental of PACE’s reputation,” the deputy prime minister added. “Of course, such a biased position of the above mentioned influential European structure against Azerbaijan disappoints us. However, any bias, first of all, undermines the reputation of PACE itself, casts doubt on objectivity. We wish the international organization, in which Azerbaijan is a member, to fulfill its mission with dignity and to be far away from injustice and bias."

“Here is another thing,” Ahmadov added. “The PACE’s biased resolution seems to please the radical opposition. The radical opposition members are very pleased. It so happens that the radicals are happy when Azerbaijan encounters problems and has to fight off lies. They criticize Azerbaijan by all available means in all the reports. One thing is unclear to them. The main thing for us is people’s opinion. People love Azerbaijan, believe Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and strongly support his policy."

E-Commerce in Turkmenistan gaining momentum
E-Commerce in Turkmenistan gaining momentum
Turkmenistan sets task to equip country with qualified engineers, technicians
Turkmenistan sets task to equip country with qualified engineers, technicians
Turkey's export of ready-made clothing to Iran down
Turkey's export of ready-made clothing to Iran down
Loading Bars
Collection of mandatory health insurance contributions to begin in Azerbaijan in 2021
E-Commerce in Turkmenistan gaining momentum
Azerbaijani Ministry of Education voices new virtual initiative
Data on collections in Azerbaijan's insurance market for February 2020 disclosed
Turkmenistan sets task to equip country with qualified engineers, technicians
Retired NASA astronaut gives advice on ways to deal with self-isolation amid coronavirus battle
GUAM condemns so-called “elections” in Azerbaijan’s occupied territories
Minister: Georgia to continue infrastructure projects
Coronavirus deathtoll increases in Iran
Oil production in Azerbaijan to be continued in accordance with plan for 2020
Turkey - Azerbaijan trade turnover sees growth in February
Iran rejects FATF, seeks ways to evade sanctions amid COVID-19 spread
Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh disseminates appeal on Day of Genocide
Azerbaijan to use drones for disinfection
Number of Iranian MPs infected with coronavirus announced
Illegal regime established by Armenia in Azerbaijan's occupied territories is nothing other than product of aggression
Turkey's export of ready-made clothing to Iran down
Ineos to build third hand sanitizer plant in France in 10 days
Europe sends medical goods to Iran in trade test
Diplomat: Turkey condemns Armenian murderers for March 1918 genocide of Azerbaijanis
Exports of products via Iran's Arvand Free Trade Zone announced
Spain registers overnight death toll of 849, highest so far
Dubai promises state support, new funding for Emirates airline
Baku Higher Oil School receives license for global distance education program
Minimum pension in Iran to be increased
Azerbaijan’s chief infectiologist talks non-compliance with quarantine
EU doesn’t recognize constitutional, legal framework within which so-called “elections” in Karabakh are being held
Novel coronavirus may lead to reduced lung function - research
Azerbaijan shoots film dedicated to Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis (VIDEO)
Turkey discloses volume of crude oil transshipment via its ports
Uzbek-Chinese JV continues to produce natural gas in Uzbekistan
President Ilham Aliyev: Some people act irresponsibly, therefore, measures will be further tightened
Volume of bentonite transshipment via Turkish ports revealed
Azerbaijani government fighting against pandemic amid global economic downturn
Iran announces damages done to raw materials production due to coronavirus
President Ilham Aliyev: We are a great people, we were able to unite in most difficult time
Georgian economy up in February 2020
Turkmennebit state concern opens tender for purchase of equipment, construction materials
Volume of cargo transshipment from Syria via Turkish ports disclosed
MP: So-called "elections" in pandemic conditions show indifference of Armenian leadership to security in region
Rouhani: Uninsured coronavirus patients insured in hospitals in Iran
Weekly review of Georgian capital markets
Baby born infected with coronavirus in Iran
Turkey's foreign trade turnover increases
President Ilham Aliyev: Making country's best hospital available to coronavirus patients – what can be more than this?
Gas pipeline between Iran, Turkey explodes
Turkmen state concern opens tender for purchase of material, technical resources
President Ilham Aliyev: All work carried out in Azerbaijan, decisions being made pursue one goal only: to get out of this difficult situation with minimum losses and protect our citizens as much as possible
Critical characteristic that modulates pandemic potential of novel coronavirus revealed
Azerbaijan's economy minister talks sectors to be supported (VIDEO)
Indonesia to suspend foreign arrivals as coronavirus cases, deaths rise
President Ilham Aliyev: If we hadn’t paid due attention to healthcare system, our capabilities today would not be sufficient to provide for our needs
Prime Minister's video conference with the Heads of Indian Missions
Number of COVID-19 cases increase in Georgia
Turkish Embassy: Armenia must leave occupied territories of Azerbaijan
Uzbek Ministry of Health invites expert from South Korea amid coronavirus spread
Turkmenistan oil and gas complex to buy laboratory reagents via tender
New ceramic plant commissioned in Turkmenistan
President Ilham Aliyev: Patients with coronavirus are currently most sensitive group and provision of necessary medical services to them is most important issue now
Tanzania confirms its first coronavirus death
Azerbaijan's MFA makes statement on March 31 - Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis
Norway's credit for airlines gets regulatory approval
IMF: Outbreak of COVID-19 affects Georgian economy
Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rises to 61,913
Azerbaijani currency rates for March 31
Second lethal coronavirus case confirmed in Kazakhstan
Publication on March 31 – Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis posted on President Ilham Aliyev’s official Facebook page (PHOTO)
Central Bank of Uzbekistan extends credit payment terms
Azerbaijan's Economy Minister discloses sectors less affected by coronavirus
Customs continue to operate in southern provinces of Iran
Gold price drops in Azerbaijan on March 31
Uzbekistan reports eight new coronavirus cases
Azerbaijan's Economy Minister: Restrictions applied by state to economic activity primarily affect micro-entrepreneurs
Large donations made to Georgian StopCov fund
Azerbaijan's State Border Service talks Armenian media false information
Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 22 times
Thailand reports 127 new coronavirus cases, one death
Coronavirus epidemic 'far from over' in Asia - WHO official
Japan coronavirus infections top 2,000 cases
Kazakhstan reports 17 new coronavirus cases
First U.S. military servicemember dies from coronavirus
Trump says coronavirus guidelines may get tougher; 1 million Americans tested
S. Korea reports 125 new virus cases, total now at 9,786
Novel coronavirus death toll in US tops 3,000 — university (UPDATE)
Chinese mainland reports zero increase in domestic COVID-19 cases
US extends Iran nuclear cooperation sanctions waivers
1 million people tested for COVID-19 in U.S.
Indian police fire tear gas at jobless workers defying coronavirus lockdown
103 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus reported in Georgia, 20 recovered from virus
61 hospitals in Wuhan ready to receive non-COVID-19 patients
US wants to send $100 million in medical aid to Italy
Air New Zealand to lay off 3,500 employees as virus halts travel
Austria to make basic face masks compulsory in supermarkets
Coronavirus cases in Turkey surpass 10,000
Italy sees 812 more coronavirus deaths, but new cases fall steeply
March 31 – Day of Genocide of Azerbaijanis
Belarus COVID-19 cases rise to 152
Another provocation of Armenian Armed Forces suppressed: Azerbaijan’s State Border Service
Azerbaijani state to support payment of interest on business loans
Finland extends coronavirus restrictions by one month: PM
All news