Democratic and free parliamentary elections will draw Azerbaijan even closer to the USA and Europe, the US State Secretary assistant on Europe and Euro-Asia Daniel Fried said in a
statement on 20 October in Baku, speaking at the Baku State University, Trend reports.
Democratic elections will create large opportunities for Azerbaijan in further strategic cooperation with the USA and integration into Europe, as well as make the stability long-term, he stated. В"It is the elections which will determine what kind of country it will be and whom it will serve вЂњ, he noted. Azerbaijan is to be transparent and open and the corruption level slight, the diplomat thinks.
Fried voiced confidence that holding free and democratic elections is in hands of the Azerbaijani people. He assessed positively the steps taken by the President towards democratic elections and the commitments undertaken, as well as the activities of the Central Elections Committee (CEC). Nevertheless, much is still to be done, the diplomat thinks.