OPPOSITION STATES, RESPONSIBILITY FOR CONFRONTATION WILL BE ON AUTHORITIES, AND RULING PARTY MAKES AZADLIG BLOCK RESPONSIBLE
В"For today Azerbaijan is in the focus of the worldвЂ™s public attention and violation of stability inside the country may damage its imageвЂќ, the chairman of the National Independence Party of Azerbaijan (NIPA) Ali Aliyev told Trend on 23 September.
Commenting on the intentions of the oppositional election block Azadlig (Freedom) to hold on 25 September 2005 in Baku an unauthorized action, the NIPA chairman stated, such issues are to be decided in the framework of the law. In his opinion, the Baku Executive Authority could give its consent on one of the 6 routes proposed by the oppositionists. Aliyev thinks the authorities must recognize the right of citizens for free assembly.
В"The Law also reads, the citizens are merely to warn the executive authority and they may gather and hold actions in any venues. However, banning to use this right by the citizens
may lead, after all, to breach of stability in the countryвЂќ, Aliyev noted, saying to avoid such situations both sides should mutually compromise. вЂњThe responsibility for possible undesirable consequences will be on the authoritiesвЂќ, the NIPA chairman said.
A member of the political council of the New Azerbaijan Party (NAP), a Milli Mejlis (MM) deputy Aydin Mirzazade said the resoluteness of the opposition leaders to try to hold the action is the move aimed at violation of stability in the country. To his mind, the opposition is looking for the pretext to blame the authorities in case of defeat at the elections, holding the unauthorized actions and establishing confrontation.
The MM deputy from NAP noted, the venues proposed by the Baku City authorities to Azadlig alliance are quite suitable, and the opposition could agree to such a proposal. As the main thing is not the place to hold the action, but the ideas, concepts and proposals for citizens.