The Council of Europe did not want to punish Azerbaijan for its problems, but to accompany and assist it along the same European road, says a statement by Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly President (PACE) RenГ© van der Linden, placed in the website of the CE Secretariat.
As a result of his week-long visit to the South Caucasus Linden called on the authorities to take all the necessary action to ensure that neither the opposition nor the media would continue to feel at risk as a result of their lawful and democratic activities.
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The President noted the importance of election monitoring and reminded the authorities that in January the Assembly would consider the report of its own 40 strong election observation mission. The Council of Europe did not favour parties or individuals, but was interested only in the democratic process.
In addition, the President was particularly concerned about the issue of Nagorno-Karabakh which he had discussed in detail with those he met previously in Armenia. The Council of Europe was a value community and would work for a peaceful settlement through impartial political pressure and encouragement.
The President warmly welcomed the ongoing Presidential negotiations, whilst stressing that although there could be conditions to a peaceful settlement, there should be no pre-conditions on negotiations for peace.