Paris Hosts a Meeting of PACE Monitoring Committee

Politics Materials 14 December 2006 10:54 (UTC +04:00)

MP Aydin Abbasov, Azerbaijani parliamentary representative to the PACE, exclusively informed Trend that an issue on fulfillment of Council of Europe (CE) commitments by Azerbaijan will be discussed at a meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the CE (PACE) Monitoring Committee. MP Abbasov will represent Azerbaijan in that meeting.

On December 13, Paris hosted a meeting of the PACE Monitoring Committee.

In his remarks Andreas Herkel, a PACE co-rapporteur on Azerbaijan, spoke about the ongoing development in the country, the situation in media and ANS television and radio broadcasting company, political prisoners, economic development and fulfillment of CE commitments by Azerbaijan. At the same time Herkel made critical notes on Azerbaijan. Another speaker, Andreas Gross, a former PACE co-rapporteur, criticized all spheres in Azerbaijan. I voiced my protest to both sides, he said.

During his address MP Abbasov noted that it is more expedient to hold discussions on Azerbaijan in a January meeting of the Monitoring Committee in the framework of the PACE winter session. Mr. Abbasov said that the head of the Azerbaijan parliamentary delegation, Samad Seyidov, and A PACE co-rapporteur on Azerbaijan, Tony Lloyd, will be in attendance and that they did not participate in a Paris meeting.

A proposal by Abbasov was supported by the Monitoring Committee, which made a resolution to continue discussions at the January session.